I applied for the tech nation visa for the first time over the summer and met 2 / 3 criteria. I was rejected due to not showing contractual evidence between myself and the blockchain company I work for, which discarded my innovation evidence. Fair enough. But I did satisfy the impact and mandatory criteria.
I came back with a stronger application with more evidence that should have satisfied 3 /3 criteria. However, I have been rejected and had my review rejected. I applied for exceptional promise but it seems as if they assessed me for exceptional talent. They said that I didn’t speak at any conferences or events, etc. However, I didn’t choose any of those optional criteria. I chose innovation and impact in a product company.
“The applicant fails to meet the requirements of the Mandatory Criteria (MC) because the evidence provided fails to demonstrate extraordinary ability by emerging national or international recognition. The individual is not able to demonstrate a level of emerging expertise which places them at the forefront of their respective field in the digital technology sector. In order to meet this criteria the applicant would have to demonstrate recognition through a variety of activities. Due to the nature of their role this could include a significant contribution to an open source project(s), involvement in a high profile technology led initiative, speaking engagements at high profile technology events, published materials about technology initiatives and/or speaking and being an expert on technology panels, for example. There is no evidence in this application of these things.”
My lawyer seems to be confused by this decision as well, for they initially said I satisfied 2 / 3 and now they say I only satisfy 1 / 3 so they have gone back on the precedent they set when I have submitted stronger evidence.
I submitted the following evidence:
 Reference from co founders of my blockchain company
 Reference from a prominent blockchain VC CEO
 Reference from another prominent blockchain VC CEO
 Proof of a 6 figure salary
 Reference from an advisor at my blockchain company proving my innovation
 blockchain commit history - github
 Reference Letter my old company plus employment contract proving high earnings
 tax statement - blockchain company
 equity agreement - blockchain company
 contract with the bank I worked for proving high earning
 reference from my mentor who is a senior engineer at a crypto exchange
 git commit history from another company
On paper, this should be enough right? Can anyone please tell me what I’m doing wrong here? Advice would be appreciated. Thanks!