Absolutely! I first started thinking about applying for this particular visa in August 2021, then I spent most of September collecting all the supporting data (including the recommendation letters).
By 25 September, I thought I had collected everything, I paid for the fee and when I started to upload everything, I realised I was missing many small things and part of my narrative was incomplete (it was hard to get a full picture if you didn’t know my career closely). So I had 15 days to close all gaps and I rushed. Finally, after 10 days, I think I managed to close most gaps and yesterday I hit “Submit”.
A bit about me: in 2018 I graduated in CS and moved to London to work for Facebook as a software engineer. In 2.5 years I grew from junior to senior engineer, being a tech lead in one team. During college, I worked on a few startups and founded one myself. With the startup I founded, we won a startup competition.
My application goes for:
- Two innovations (1st optional criteria): (a) startup I founded and (b) one of the startups I worked at during college. As supporting evidences on (a), I used the startup competition award + news + a custom written document covering all about the product (hypothesis, screenshots of the product and usage data). As supporting evidence on (b), I used an additional letter from my employer + revenue data from the startup + news about the startup (to prove it existed).
- Impact (3rd optional criteria): my work at Facebook. As a supporting document, I used employment letter (which also includes evidence of high salary) + letter from a senior colleague + a custom written document explaining the product I work on and impact I had on it.
For the mandatory criteria, I used a combination of award (from the startup I founded) + news + high salary + performance evaluation at Facebook (I was consistently performing far above average).
I ended up reusing the same evidence on multiple criteria.