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Clarification on Residency Status Requirement for Eminent Person Recommending Applicants in RAEng peer review route

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Choosing Between RAEng and Tech Nation for Visa Endorsement

Post by billieshaw » Fri Mar 29, 2024 11:16 am

Hi all, I'm facing a dilemma on which visa endorsement route to choose and would appreciate your advice.

I'm an experienced machine learning and generative AI researcher working in the research division of a top-tier company (think FAANG) for the past 5 years. I completed my PhD 4 years ago and have been actively publishing work in top conferences like NeurIPS and CVPR both during my PhD and while working at the company. I've also worked on internal company projects, but can't share evidence due to IP concerns.

Applying through RAEng seems more natural given my research background, but I don't have strong connections with UK scholars who could provide recommendations. I'm acquainted with two UK "eminent" individuals through colleagues, but I'm unsure if that's enough to meet the "how the eminent person knows you" criteria.

Alternatively, I could apply through Tech Nation, but it might be harder to meet all the requirements since my industrial contributions are mostly internal. Furthermore, while I have advised on work that led to oral conference presentations, these were delivered by interns.

Any thoughts on which route I should take?

Cheers!

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Re: Choosing Between RAEng and Tech Nation for Visa Endorsement

Post by MylaHughes » Fri Mar 29, 2024 11:44 pm

Applying through RAEng seems like a more logical step. In the case of Tech Nation, your internal company projects and consulting may not be considered sufficient contributions to the industry, especially if you have no formal speaking or publishing history in the field. Applying through RAEng better matches your academic profile and successful research career.

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Clarification on Residency Status Requirement for Eminent Person Recommending Applicants in RAEng peer review route

Post by billieshaw » Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:55 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm seeking clarity on the specific residency status requirements for an eminent person providing a letter of recommendation for applicants in the RAEng peer review route. Is it mandatory for the eminent person to be a UK citizen or permanent resident, or can they also be a holder of a Global Talent visa?

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Re: Clarification on Residency Status Requirement for Eminent Person Recommending Applicants in RAEng peer review route

Post by lolo2 » Tue Apr 02, 2024 11:08 pm

The guidance only mentions that the eminent person should be:
an ‘eminent person’ living in the UK who knows you and your work. The endorsing body must judge that the person has ‘internationally recognised expertise’ in your field.
It doesn't specify the person's immigration status but they must be living in the UK. I guess the person doesn't need to be on ILR or be a British citizen as long as they're legally residing in the country. I would drop an email to the RAEng to double check - and for peace of mind.

Regarding alternative options, you can try applying for a job in your field at research institutions or HEIs willing to provide support for a GTV and try the fast-track option (route 1).

Ultimately, you also can secure a job with a licenced sponsor - most HEIs and research institutions are - and get into the UK with a Skilled Worker visa.

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