Innovator Founder Visa

  • Innovator Founder Visa

  • The UK Innovator Visa is part of the UK’s immigration system designed to attract and support entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to establish their ventures in the UK. The Innovator Visa replaced the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa in March 2019.
  • The Innovator Visa is targeted towards experienced businesspeople who have an innovative business idea and are looking to establish a business in the UK. To qualify for this visa, applicants need to secure an endorsement from an approved endorsing body. These endorsing bodies are typically business organizations with experience in identifying and supporting innovative businesses. They assess the viability and scalability of the business idea, as well as the applicant’s entrepreneurial skills and potential to succeed.
  • Once endorsed, applicants can apply for the Innovator Visa, demonstrating that they meet other immigration requirements such as English language proficiency and maintenance funds. Successful applicants are granted permission to live and work in the UK for up to 3 years initially. After this period, they can apply for an extension if they continue to meet the requirements.
  • One of the key features of the Innovator Visa is its focus on the applicant’s business idea and its potential for innovation and growth rather than requiring a minimum investment amount. This allows a wider range of entrepreneurs with innovative concepts to qualify for the visa.
  • Overall, the Innovator Visa aims to support the UK’s innovation ecosystem by attracting talented entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and helping them establish and grow their businesses in the UK.