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UNITED KINGDOM

The UK remains a top destination for those looking to make a move, and with good reason. Whether you’re in search of nightlife, culture, or natural beauty, the UK offers all and more in spades.

Our legal team has the proven expertise to assess you with a free assessment of your profile to determine which UK visa program is most suited to your professional or business background. Some of the most popular UK visa programs include the Overseas Business Representative Program and the newly announced reformed version of Tier 1 UK Entrepreneur visa, the Tier 1 UK Innovator visa which only requires a £50,000 investment (previously the Tier 1 UK Entrepreneur visa required a £200,000 investment). To learn more about how UK Immigration please fill out your details below and one our legal experts will be in touch with you.

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STARTUP AND INNOVATOR VISA

 

On 7 March 2019 the Home Office announced the exciting launch of two new visa routes.

The Startup and Innovator visa categories are for non-EEA nationals wishing to set up a business in the UK. To qualify for a visa in either category, applicants must first obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body. All applications will be assessed for Innovation, Viability and Scalability.

  • Innovation– it is likely they will assess whether the business products, marketing or branding display any innovation. Here a focus on new methods, branding and perhaps most significantly new inventive products or services will be assessed.
  • Viability– it will not be enough to simply be innovative, it is likely that the business will need show that it has thought about an made plans to be viable. Essentially this means careful assessment of whether the business will be able to provide the product or service in question, and whether it will be able to maintain cash flow until profitability. It is unlikely that the business plan that does not have a clear route to profitability will be accepted.
  • Scalability– this is relevant to start-ups most of all – business plans will need to have clear goals to scale. This is relatively easy for tech companies who are built to scale up from the outset. However all is not lost for companies in other sectors or others who are experts in other forms of businesses. For example, someone who wants to commence a fast food business will clearly be at a disadvantage if there seek to set up a single store which relies on local foot traffic for business. But if the same business, instead sought to open a number of branches of a fast food outlet that had strong branding, had innovative ideas or menu products (ie a normal range of fast food products as well as some that were indigenous from their country) or a strong process in its kitchen, this would fulfil all the relevant criteria.

HOW DO I GET ENDORSED FOR THE INNOVATOR VISA ?

The Innovator visa will require its applicants to submit a business plan and other supporting documents in order for them to be endorsed. The endorsement will be from a business sponsor and will be mandatory for all applicants.

Val Morgan Immigration Advisers has now already started taking enquiries & processing applications on the new UK visa programs.

STARTUP VISA

  • The Start-up category is for early-stage but high potential entrepreneurs starting a business in the UK for the first time.
  • Applicants do not need any funds to invest in their business at this stage, and must not have previously set up a business in the UK.
  • Successful applicants are granted leave for 2 years and can also bring their family members (spouses/partners and children under 18) to the UK.
  • During the granted period of leave applicants will spend the majority of their time developing their businesses but can also take on other work outside of their businesses, to support themselves.

INNOVATOR VISA

  • The Innovator category is for more experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK.
  • Applicants will need a minimum £50,000 funding available to invest in their business.
  • Successful Innovators are granted leave for 3 years at a time and can also bring their family members (spouses/partners and children under 18) to the UK.
  • Innovators must work entirely on developing their business ventures and may not take on other employment outside their business. This includes anything which effectively amounts to employment, such as using their own business to hire out their labour to another employer.
  • After 3 years, Innovators can apply to extend their stay for a further 3 years or to settle permanently in the UK. Each of these 3 stages (initial application, extension, settlement) requires endorsement from an endorsing body.
  • At the end of 2 years, Startup visa holders can switch into the Innovator category (see below) to extend their stay and develop their businesses in the UK.

ECONOMY

The United Kingdom economy is the fifth-largest national economy in the world measured by GDP. This huge economy presents many opportunities for skilled labor, investors, students and entrepreneurs from across the World.

EDUCATION

If further education is your intention, then the UK has what you need. With some of the best universities in the world, including Cambridge and Oxford, the UK is highly regarded for higher education.

HEALTHCARE

Not every country in the world has a solid health care system. In fact, very few have a National Health Service like the UK. If you are a legal resident in the UK you will have access to free health care.

CULTURE

There are few places with such a rich culture as the UK. With its ethnic mix of population and a long and interesting history it is a fascinating place to explore.

The UK is geographically well-placed

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place than the UK for taking short trips overseas and to other countries. You can reach many European destinations in just a few hours from London, which makes it a great travel hub.