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The UK Innovator Founder Visa is for start-up entrepreneurs and experienced businesspersons with an innovative, viable and scalable business idea.




We provide immigration advice and guidance to help your Innovator visa application get the best chance of success

The UK Innovator visa is for experienced businesspersons seeking to establish a new business in the UK.  In most cases you will need to have access to at least £50,000 to invest in your business. You will also need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been approved by an endorsing body.

Innovator visas are valid for 3 years and can lead directly to indefinite leave to remain in the UK at the end of this period.  UK Innovator visa applicants can bring their partner and any children under the age of 18 to the UK.

What are Innovator visa requirements

In order to qualify for a UK Innovator visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

  • You are at least 18 years old;

  • You have at least £50,000 available to invest in your UK business or have already invested £50,000 in your UK business (unless switching from the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur or Start-up category to pursue the same business venture);

  • You have been endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body that has positively assessed your business idea for innovation, viability and scalability and is satisfied that you will spend your entire working time in the UK on developing your business venture;

  • Your endorsement letter was issued not more than 3 months before the date of your Innovator visa application;

  • You genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, any work or business activity in the UK stated in your application;

  • You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B2 (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking);

  • If you are outside the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months, you have at least £1270 to support yourself, plus £285 for a dependent partner, £315 for a first child and £200 for each additional child.

How long you can stay 

Your initial UK Innovator visa will be valid for 3 years.  It is possible to extend an Innovator visa for periods of 3 years at a time, subject to being re-endorsed each time.  There is no maximum time limit in the Innovator category.

You will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) as an Innovator after spending 3 years in the Innovator visa category.


Applications for Innovator visas can be made from outside the UK, but it is also possible to switch into the Innovator visa category from within the UK provided you do not have, or were not last granted, permission as a Visitor, Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the Immigration Rules.

Dependants of UK Innovator visa applicants

UK Innovator visa applicants can bring their partner and any children under the age of 18 to the UK.

To discuss your UK Innovator Visa application please contact our Innovator route lawyers on +44 7513621625 or schedule consultation below.

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