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UK Innovator Founder Visa

Calling all entrepreneurs…

You can become a
British Innovator
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Our comprehensive legal and business services help you access the many benefits of UK residency and start your path to British Citizenship.

Innovator Founder visa key information

  • Establish a new business

    which must be endorsed by a Government-approved body

  • Receive 3 years’ UK residency

    after which you will then qualify to apply for settlement (ILR)

  • Can qualify for ILR

    Must meet at least two criteria (below)

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Having an original business idea is absolutely vital to a successful Innovator visa application and what matters most is innovation, viability and the ability to scale.

Visa Kings Global have valuable expertise in this area.

Our team has a proven track record and through years of experience working in the start-up sector, we have directly helped to raise millions of pounds for new UK businesses.

Very few companies in the immigration field have experience in raising funds for young companies in the sub £250,000 sector to assist British Citizen Entrepreneurs. This competency is now essential when proposing a viable business — the most important aspect of Innovator and Start-up visa applications when seeking endorsement.

Visa Kings Global apply our significant experience of preparing and presenting innovative business plans to ensure our clients have the greatest chances of success under the Innovator and Start-up visas.

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Don't delay

Innovator visas depend on approval from a Government-approved Endorsing Body.

Unlike many immigration advisors we can present your business to Endorsing Bodies which are accepting applications.

Endorsing bodies have a strict approval quota which limits the cases we can accept.

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About the
Innovator Founder visa

The Innovator Founder visa is the replacement for the Innovator visa category. It is for the more experienced, proven business entrepreneur who wishes to establish a viable business in the UK with real prospects of growth.

Getting Indefinite Leave to Remain (IRL)

In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain as an Innovator Founder you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You have been endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body that is satisfied that you have shown significant achievements judged against the business plan assessed in your previous endorsement, you are registered with Companies House as a Director or Member of your business, your business is active, trading and appears sustainable for at least the following 12 months and you have had an active key role in the day-to-day management and development of the business;

You satisfy at least two of the following:

  • At least £50,000 has been invested into the business and actively spent furthering your business;
  • The business has created the equivalent of at least 5 full-time jobs for settled workers, which have an average salary of at least £25,000 a year;
  • The business has created the equivalent of at least 10 full-time jobs for resident workers with no average salary requirement;
  • The number of customers has at least doubled within the most recent 3 years and is currently higher than the mean number of customers for other UK businesses offering comparable main products or services;
  • The business has engaged in significant research and development activity and has applied for intellectual property protection in the UK;
  • The business has generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £1 million in the last full year covered by its accounts;
  • The business has generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £500,000 in the last full year covered by its accounts, with at least £100,000 from exporting overseas.
  • You have spent not more than 180 days outside the UK in any rolling 12-month period during the 3 years prior to the date of application; and
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the English language and Life in the UK.

What are the key criteria to obtain an Innovator Founder visa?

  • An original business plan demonstrating innovation
  • Support from an Endorsing Body
  • An acceptable level of English
  • Adequate funding to execute your idea
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Concierge Services

What is too often forgotten is that getting your visa is not the end of the matter.

There is a lot of extra help you may need in getting settled. Very few immigration advisors offer these services…

We do.

Our concierge services include

  • Assistance in registration with the police and meeting their requirements
  • Obtaining the biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Applying for a National Insurance number
  • Explaining the position on filing a tax return
  • Registration with a medical practitioner
  • How to open a bank account
  • How to rent or buy a property
  • How to sort out a driving licence
  • Dealing with school admissions

First-class service from our international team

Be confident that you are in good hands with an experienced team of immigration lawyers and business specialists around the world.

Visa Kings Global is partnered with Canfields Law — a Lexcel accredited, London law practice regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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