How to Write a Global Talent Visa Recommendation Letter

If you are applying for the UK Global Talent visa in digital technology, you will need to provide at least three letters of recommendation from established experts in the field. These letters are crucial for demonstrating your exceptional talent or promise, and how you will contribute to the UK tech sector.

But how do you write a good recommendation letter?, And who should you ask to write one for you? In this blog post, we will share some tips and best practices for preparing your recommendation letters, based on the official Tech Nation guidelines and our experience as a tech-enabled visa application platform.

Who should write your recommendation letter?

The first step is to choose your recommenders wisely. They should be senior members of their organizations, such as CEOs, CTOs, founders, directors, professors, or investors. They should also have a proven track record of contributing to the development of the digital technology industry, either in the UK or globally.

Most importantly, they should know your work well and be able to vouch for your achievements, skills, and potential. Ideally, they should have known you for at least 12 months, and have worked with you directly or indirectly on projects, events, publications, or awards.

You should not ask your colleagues, peers, friends, or family members to write your recommendation letters, as they may not be considered as credible or impartial sources by Tech Nation.

What should your recommendation letter include?

Each recommendation letter should be 1-3 pages long, and written in English. It should also be issued on the company’s letterhead(if possible), indicating the phone number, address, website, email, and logo of the organization. The letter should be dated and signed by the author, and accompanied by their  LinkedIn profile.

The letter should address the following questions:

  • Who is the recommender and what are their achievements?

The letter should start with a brief introduction of the recommender, their role, organization, and accomplishments in the digital technology sector. This will help establish their credibility and authority as an expert in the field.

  • How does the recommender know the applicant and why is the applicant a good fit for a Global Talent visa?

The letter should explain the nature and duration of the relationship between the recommender and the applicant, and provide specific examples of how the applicant has demonstrated exceptional talent or promise in their field. The letter should also highlight the applicant’s unique strengths, skills, and contributions that make them stand out from their peers. Bear in mind that the duration should be at least 12 month or you have known the author/recommender for at least 12month.

  • What has the applicant achieved in the digital technology sector? 

The letter should provide evidence of the applicant’s achievements, such as awards, recognitions, publications, patents, products, services, or innovations that have had a significant impact on the digital technology sector. The letter should also mention any challenges or difficulties that the applicant has overcome or solved in their work.

  •  How will being in the UK help the applicant accomplish even more and how will the applicant contribute to the development of the UK tech sector?

The letter should explain the applicant’s goals and plans for working in the UK, and how they will benefit from the opportunities and resources available in the UK tech sector. The letter should also describe how the applicant will add value to the UK tech sector, such as by creating jobs, generating revenue, attracting investment, fostering collaboration, or advancing knowledge.

How to format your recommendation letter?

To make your recommendation letters more readable and professional, you should follow some basic formatting rules, such as:

Use a clear and consistent font, such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman, and a font size of 11 or 12 points.

Use single or 1.5 line spacing, and leave a 1-inch margin on all sides of the page.

Use headings and subheadings to organize your content and make it easier to scan.

Use bullet points or numbered lists to present multiple items or examples concisely.

Use bold, italics, or underlines to emphasize important words or phrases, but do not overuse them.

Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and avoid slang, jargon, or abbreviations that may confuse the reader.

Proofread your letters carefully and ask someone else to review them for clarity, accuracy, and tone.

How to submit your recommendation letter?

Once you have prepared your recommendation letters, you will need to upload them to your online application form, along with your CV and personal statement. You can upload up to 10 documents in total, each with a maximum size of 3 MB. The accepted file formats are PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, JPG, and PNG.

You should name your files clearly and consistently, such as:

Recommendation letter 1 – James Chapman – CEO of ABC Ltd

Recommendation letter 2 – Precious Baker- Professor of Computer Science at XYZ University.

Recommendation letter 3 – Raymond  Pat- Investor at 123 Ventures

You should also ensure that your files are not password-protected, encrypted, or corrupted, as this may prevent Tech Nation from accessing them.


Writing a good recommendation letter for the Global Talent visa can be a challenging task, but it can also be a rewarding one. By following the tips and best practices in this blog post, you can create a strong and convincing letter that showcases your exceptional talent and potential and increases your chances of getting endorsed by Tech Nation.

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