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Do you qualify for the Innovator Visa?

Overview of innovator visa:

An Innovator visa is a perfect course for business innovators who have unused ideas and wish to start their own company. A skilled business owner who runs a business outside of the United Kingdom for numerous years and would like to expand their operations into the United Kingdom. Each candidate must meet the criteria either individually or with a trade partner or team. It is, in addition, able to be formed in mind to get onto another line to the Trend-setter group on the off chance that the person going up for position is as of now within the UK. on one example sort of business visas. persons going up for position can in addition make a request to take their accomplice and children.

What you can and cannot do:

  • Setting up one or more businesses
  • One can apply to settle permanently after 3 years (indefinite leave to remain) if meeting other eligibility requirements.
  • You cannot work outside of your business.
  • Work as a professional sportsperson.
  • Apply for most benefits or the state pension.


The applicant must show, in a business plan, that the business idea is:

  1. Innovative: The applicant has a new, genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs. And creates a competitive advantage and is something not in the market already.
    • Viable:The applicant has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience, and market awareness to successfully run the business. So that it can grow.
    • Scalable:There is evidence of structured planning and potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets.
    • The authorised body must endrose the applicant by either
    • A U.K. higher education institution.
    • In addition. the business organization with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs might have additional bespoke support charges.

The applicant cannot switch to the Innovator visa if it is:

  1. A visit visa
    • A short-term student visa
    • A Parent of a Child Student visa 
    • A seasonal worker visa
    • A domestic worker in a private household visa
    • Immigration bail
    • Permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example on compassionate grounds.


  • Firstly the applicant must be at least 18 years old. (If moving from Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur or Start-up to pursue the same business endeavour or growing as an existing Innovator to pursue the same business initiative, this criterion is waived.)
  • To start a new business endeavour, the applicant must be supported by an authorised UK endorsing organisation. That has given the applicant’s business concept high marks for creativity, feasibility, and scalability, and is certain that the applicant will devote his or her whole working time in the United Kingdom to establishing the company.
  • Renewal of the visa is automatically required regardless of what the endorsing body originally endorsed. Most importantly, the candidate must submit his or her recommendation letter no later than three months before the Innovator visa application deadline.
  • The applicant must genuinely intend to undertake. And must be capable of undertaking the work or business activity in the U.K. as stated in the application.
  • The application must be competent within the English dialect to at slightest CEFR Level B2. (identical to IELTS 5.5 in perusing, composing, tuning in, and talking) unless from an excluded country.
  • Finally, The candidate must have at slightest £1,270 accessible for 28 continuous days some time recently applying for the primary time,extending or exchanging (and £285 for your accomplice, £315 for one child and £200 for each extra child dependant) without depending on open stores and cannot utilize cash from venture reserves or unlawful working.

Process for the innovator visa:

  • Firstly, The documents you need include. A valid passport or ID to show nationality, Bank statements showing savings, proof of English knowledge, evidence of investment funds, and a Tuberculosis test.
  • The current Home Office application fee for an Innovator visa is £1,021. If applying from outside the UK or £1,277 if applying to switch into the category from within the U.K. plus biometric information nominal costs. The same rate applies to your family. A healthcare surcharge is also payable.
  • Each family member needs to make a separate application and pay the visa fee.
  • In either case, it takes up to 3 weeks (if the applicant is outside the U.K.) or 8 weeks (if they are within the U.K.). An actual decision cannot be made until the application is approved.
  • However, A refund is available if your application has not yet begun.

Validity of visa:

  • The initial Innovator visa will be valid for 3 years. The applicant can apply to. extend their stay for another 3 years when the visa is due to expire. There is no limit on the number of times it can extend.
  • However, If the endorsing body withdraws the endorsement, then the visa may be cut short. If the applicant wishes to stay longer, then he/she must re-apply with a new endorsement before the current visa expires.
  • At last, the endorsing institution should not revoke its permission, which is usually the first criterion for extending the visa. In addition, the candidate must have made money in his or her field of expertise.

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Reina D'costa

Dual qualified, experienced, practical and proactive solicitor. Founder of Bizlaw UK, a new model legal service consultancy.