Hi, Sorry you were not endorsed. I will attempt to answer your questions.
- I mentored someone who had prepared documents based on one criterion and accidentally ticked an incorrect criterion during the process of filling the Tech Nation Visa form. He was not endorsed based on not meeting that criteria (which he ticked in error).
Our strategy during endorsement review was to:
a. re-emphasize how all the documents submitted met the criterion that he did not tick.
b. also raised some points on how the documents he submitted met the criteria he ticked incorrectly (we both thought this part was weak).
He got the endorsement on the review process. I am honestly not sure if one or both arguments swayed the assessors this. I share this to mention that it is possible for you to state your case during the endorsement review.
However, if you believe the assessors are correct in their assessment. It may be better to plan to submit a new application in the future rather than wasting their time.
1b. On the difference between the 2 criteria, I believe that the Tech Nation Visa Guide (https://technation.io/visa-tech-nation-visa-guide/) makes this very clear. For example, the difference between criteria 1 (innovation) and criteria 3 (proof of impact) is numbers. This is explicitly stated in the guide. This can be in thousands of people impacted or millions of dollars earned or thousands of dollars saved, and so on. But you MUST show evidence of NUMBERS. I suggest you read that section of the guide that mentions this again.
- The assessors are assessing your profile (as submitted) with documentary evidence (as submitted). They will also google you. Check your LinkedIn and validate some of the documentary evidence you provided by checking for crumbs and public artifacts online.
I assume you submitted evidence of 2 subjects of expertise because you were trying to show your diversity of skills. Is it possible you inadvertently did not submit enough to qualify under any of the 2 skills?
- You cannot add more information or document during the endorsement review stage. The best you can do is to point at the information available in the evidence that you submitted. The idea of this stage is for new assessors to review your submission in case the first assessors made mistakes. If you believe you need to submit new evidence, you will need to submit a new application.
I know of someone who submitted a new application just 4 days after he got feedback on the first application. (needed to submit better evidence based on feedback). He got the endorsement after this.
Having said the above, I also know of someone that provided some online links (which were mentioned in the personal statement but no document submitted) in the endorsement review form. The endorsement review was successful and the person got the endorsement. My understanding however is that this is ordinarily not allowed in the process.
I hope this helps? I wish you the very best in your endeavours.
a. Please note that this is not immigration or legal advice. It is simply us sharing our opinion based on the information and experience available to us.
b. We are only volunteering our time to help as many people as possible. We unfortunately are not available full-time. Please respect this. In addition to contributing here, I also do some office hours sessions on Zoom (weekly for now). You can find the link to this in my bio.*