Innovator visa

Formerly known as the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, the Innovator visa enables eligible business individuals to live and work in the UK. Starting or taking over a new business is a huge responsibility that requires careful consideration, especially when it is in another country.

Due to the complications involved in applying for this type of visa, it is a good idea to work with UK immigration specialists, and the Expert Law team can guide you through every phase of the process.

Who is eligible for an Innovator visa?

In order to apply for an Innovator visa, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A non-EEA (European Economic Area) national
  • Looking to start your own business in the UK or taking over or joining a business in the UK
  • Have at least £50,000 of personal funds to invest into the business
  • Able to meet English language requirements
  • In a position to financially support yourself in the UK (proof will need to be provided)

Before you apply for an Innovator visa your company or business idea must be assessed by a Home Office approved endorsing body. We can advise on your eligibility for this visa and help prepare your application, so it is reviewed by an appropriate endorsing body.

How do you apply for an Innovator visa?

The Innovator visa application process requires you to submit your application and business plan 3 months before you intend to arrive in the UK. You will also have to pay the application and health surcharge fees in advance.

In most cases the Home Office will deliver a decision within 3 weeks, although this can vary depending on the country you are applying from. If your application is successful, the visa will be valid for 3 years.

You may be able to extend your visa for a further 3 years once the original visa has expired and there is no limit on how many times you can extend it.

The Innovator visa offers a route towards Indefinite Leave to Remain status, which you can apply for after 5 years in the UK. You can become eligible to apply for British citizenship after 6 years – this can be reduced to 3 years if you are married to a British citizen.

To avoid any confusion and complications surrounding these types of applications, our immigration solicitors are available to help.

Why choose us?

There can be a number of challenges to overcome when applying for an Innovator visa. That’s why the Expert Law team take the time to understand your situation and your business goals so we can offer legal advice that has a positive impact on your application. This includes assessing your eligibility and suggesting alternative visa routes if they offer a better chance of success.

Call us today for a confidential chat on 0800 170 7070 or contact us here to see how our solicitors can help.


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