Innovator Visa

London solicitors are specialist business immigration lawyers and can assist you if you decide to apply for a UK Innovator visa.

What is a UK Innovator Visa

The Innovator visa category is for individuals who are seeking to establish a business in the UK.  Business exposure and business acumen is needed. In most cases you will need to have access to at least £50,000 to invest in your business (or have already invested £50,000 in your business), but certain exceptions apply.

You will also need to draft an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is approved and supported by an UK government listed endorsing body. You can work on your own as a sole founder, or together as part of an entrepreneurial team.

The business idea may relate to any sector- viability is the key, that’s where London solicitors can help!

Innovator visa applicants can bring their partner and any children under the age of 18 to the UK.

UK Innovator Visa Requirements

You have at least £50,000 available to invest in your UK business or have already invested £50,000 in your UK business (this requirement is waived if switching from the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur or Start-up category to pursue the same business venture or extending as an existing Innovator to pursue the same business venture and, in both cases, you have shown significant achievements judged against your business plan);

If applying to set up a new business venture, you have been endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body that has positively assessed your business idea for innovation, viability and scalability and is satisfied that you will spend your entire working time in the UK on developing your business venture

Your endorsement letter was issued not more than 3 months before the date of your Innovator visa application;

You genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, any work or business activity in the UK stated in your application;

You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B2 (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking);
If you are outside the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months then you have at least £1270 to support yourself, plus £285 for a dependent partner, £315 for a first child and £200 for each additional child.

This visa is valid for 3 years and can lead directly to indefinite leave to remain in the UK at the end of this period.

If you are thinking of applying for a UK innovator visa then you are welcome to take our free online assessment. Your profile will be assessed by one of our expert SRA registered Immigration solicitors.We can help you obtain an endorsement and assist you in drafting that crucial technical business plan. London Solicitors has an impressive success rate in UK Innovator visa applications. 

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