Innovator Founder Visa

Innovator Founder Visa | UK Business Visa

Apply for an Innovator Founder Visa

The Start-up and Innovator visa routes have now been merged to create the Innovator Founder visa route, which combines elements of both.

This visa, like its predecessors, is for entrepreneurs who want to set up and run a business in the UK and, as before, the business plan for the proposed business must be approved and endorsed by an eligible private endorsing body. These endorsing bodies have themselves been approved by the Home Office.

The rules for financial investment in the proposed business are very flexible. There is no specific mathematical requirement, but of course the proposed figure for investment must be adequate and realistic.

Visa applications may be made from outside the UK and, in some circumstances, from within the UK by migrants who already hold leave in a different category.

The visa is granted for three years and it may be possible to extend it if the relevant requirements are met and the business is doing at least reasonably well.

It is also potentially possible to apply for settlement after three years, but the requirements for this are more complicated and can be met in different ways: for example by the level of investment in the business, by the level of revenue, by an increase in the number of customers or by a sufficient level of job creation.

Dependants (partners and minor children) can also be included in the visa application along with the main applicant and they may also qualify for settlement when the time comes.

This visa route has an English language requirement (B2 level) and also a Life in the UK test requirement for settlement.

What we can do for you for a successful Innovator Business visa application

If you are applying for an Innovator Founder visa we can assess your business idea and prepare a business plan and advise you about it. We can work on getting your business plan endorsed by a endorsing body and then can prepare your visa application to the best effect.

We will advise you on the documents required for the application and represent you with the full application for a successful outcome.

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration lawyers in London to handle your Innovator Visa application. We work with clients from all over the UK and the world, so if you are not in London do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world.

Please call us on +44 208 150 6709 / +44 207 993 6981 for an initial chat to discover we are the right firm for you, and speak to an experienced Immigration Lawyer / Adviser to bring your matter to a successful conclusion. Alternatively you can Email us on

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