I’m considering applying for the tech nation visa under the exceptional talent route. But I’m a bit vary of my chances.
I’ve been working for one of the top banks in the US (and worldwide) in the Cyber Security Engineering team for past 7 years. My job involves a lot of R&D and I have applied for and successfully been granted 25+ patents (most of them with me as the sole / primary inventor). I’m also a skilled software developer & have also developed and deployed my patented ideas globally for the bank. Some of these patents have also been cited by many other big-tech organizations including Microsoft, Cisco, Sony, IBM, HP etc. among many others. These are easily verifiable on Google Patents. In addition, I also have 2 research papers in IEEE conferences, and an IEEE journal paper, with decent citations and impact (though these research / journal papers are from my academia years and 5+ years old).
Even though I am a core techie, I work for a bank at the end of the day. The bank does have one of the top cyber-security technology teams in the world, with cybersecurity funding & team size bigger than many large core-tech firms. Will working for a bank vs core-tech company be considered to be a negative factor? Additionally, my LoRs are mostly from Senior VPs / Senior technology heads or leads from different organizations who know me and my work, and its impact very well. Unfortunately I am an introvert and preferred to be in the shadows vs interacting with a lot of people outside. So I do not know many CEOs / CIOs / CTOs like many other profiles I see here, and that has me quite worried.
Also, most of my work / coding was done closed-source, for the company. So I don’t have (and am not allowed to contribute) any code on public Github, Stackoverflow etc. I can try to attach a redacted / blurred screenshot of my commits in our internal source control channels if required, but not sure if it’ll help.
Finally, about the criteria & evidence I’m thinking of submitting:
Documents & Evidence:
- Personal Statement
- 3 LoR from SVP, Sr. Tech heads / leads from 3 different major companies who personally know me and my work. Can probably also get LoRs from CEO / founder of a startup in India, but I think better known SVPs of bigger firms in the US would have more value?
Ev1) Patent List (26+ approved patents), Google Patents, Citations from other companies referencing them, Patent photos
Ev2) HR letter with experience, salary, salary slips with bonuses, job description etc.
Ev3) Ack & reference letter (technical) for how ‘Product A’ I built (based on one of my patents) is used by the team + patent architecture (that is available publicly)
Ev4) Ack & reference letter (technical) for how ‘Product B’ I built (based on one of my patents) is used by the team + patent architecture (that is available publicly)
Ev5) Ack & reference letter (technical) for how a solution I built & automated was used to protect the bank against a high-impact (and highly visible) cyber-attack. How it is also helping other companies / start-ups.
Ev6) Ack & reference letter (technical) for how ‘Product C’ I built (based on one of my patents) is used by the team + patent architecture (that is available publicly)
Ev7) Tech Lead / Architect reference from senior leaders / management of my team
Ev8) Google Scholar Profile & publications abstracts
- You led the growth of a product-led digital technology company, product or team inside a digital technology company, as evidenced by reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your work
- You command a high salary or other remuneration for your services, as evidenced by commercial or employment contracts with salary information including any bonus and equity options and history of earnings
Evidence: Ev1, Ev2, LoR1, LoR2, Ev7
A proven track record for innovation as a founder or senior executive of a product-led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept
Evidence: Ev1, Ev2, Ev8
they have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member or employee of a product-led digital technology company|
Evidence: Ev2, Ev3, Ev4, Ev5, Ev6, Ev7
Any thoughts or recommendations? Do you think I would qualify for the exceptional talent route?
How would you suggest I portray my profile to make it stronger? What other evidence would you recommend that I add (since unfortunately, it’ll be difficult for me to share more details regarding my work since it’ll be confidential in my application)?
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.