A new business visa category has been created for investors and entrepreneurs to set up their business as well as settle along with their families in the UK. This visa came in to the picture on April, 2019 and came in place of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.

If innovative new ideas are sprouting in your mind and you want to give them a voice, UK provides you with a platform which is a breeding ground for Investors and Entrepreneurs who want to do business in the diverse and economically rich UK. Your idea should have a patent and uniqueness to it and have a value and viability attached for it to thrive and be successful when you apply for the UK innovator visa. 

Experienced businesspersons can use this visa to establish or set up their business in the UK. You can even settle in the UK with the pathway of this visa as it is a way you are adding value to the economy of UK.  This visa can lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK at the end of the duration.  As an person applying the Innovator visa you can even bring along your spouse/partner or children under the age of 18 to the UK. 

There are two categories you can apply, as if it is a fresh one and first time you shall need to apply under the new business’ requirement as per the Immigration Rules and if it is an existing business for expansion then you need to apply under the ‘same business’ criteria.

To be a part of the business and innovator category you are not required to be ole founder of the proposed business. In the upcoming time, the Innovator who has the leave to remain who puts an application for a stay extension in the UK shall need to apply under the ‘same business’ criteria if the business remains the same as mentioned in the endorsement letter that was submitted firstly.

Benefits of UK Innovator Visa

  • You can live in the UK for a period of 5 years 4 months with your family
  • Once you complete this duration you are permitted by the UK government for permanent settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain)
  • There is investment as low as £50,000
  • You can live along with your family members in the UK for 3 years
  • Also, you can even get a visa extension for a period of 2 years
  • As a permanent resident of UK you will have access to perks which are related to education in the UK as well as your healthcare will be covered by the government of UK which will save you from incurring major costs of medical related expenses.
  • What is best about UK Immigration Visa is that it requires an easy and quick processing.
  • Not only is the visa innovative and scalable, but it is also viable

UK Innovator Visa Eligibility

If you are looking forward to start a business in the UK you will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

For innovation visa UK eligibility you must:

  • The prospective applicant must be from outside the EEA and Switzerland
  • The candidate should be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Unlike the UK Skilled Worker Visa, you should be willing to make a minimum investment of £50,000 in case they want to set up a new business in the UK.
  • Must have their business idea endorsed by an approved body. (This endorsement should not have been withdrawn before the Home Minister even puts the application under his consideration)
  • Should have proficiency and fluency in the English language
  • They must also be able to support themselves as well as their families, due to which they need to meet certain financial requirements.
  • You need to mention the source of your funding.
  • You will not require any investment funds if pour business is already established and has been endorsed for an earlier visa or you have changed your business and have already agreed it with your endorsing body.

How Long Does it Take to Process an Innovator Visa?

For the Innovator visa UK Process to even start it will require the applicant to prove their identity as well as furnish the required supporting documents. To do this you will be required to have extra time if you require an appointment to get this done. Once you have applied for online, proven your identity as well as submitted all your documents you will usually get a decision within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK and 8 weeks if you are in UK.

What are the Innovator Visa Requirements?

Your business proposal will be required to meet certain Innovator visa UK requirements to be able to be functional in UK:

  • Innovation: The prospective applicant will need to showcase that they have a genuine and unique as well as original business plan which meets a new or existing market requirement, and will thus prove to be profitable to the British economy as well as their overall workforce. Just keep in mind that the candidate cannot join or invest in a business which is already in to trading.
  • Being Viable: The applicants needs to showcase that they possess the required skills, knowledge and the know-how of the market to be able to run a business successfully in to which he has put his mind in to.
  • Scalability: One very important Innovator visa UK requirements is for the applicant to ensure the UK government that their model of business or projected business will have the ability to generate employment as well as add to the economic growth, development and progress of the UK economy on a whole.

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