Innovator Visas

Come to the UK to start your maiden business with the Innovator visa

Innovator visas are for people who wish to come to the UK to start a business for the first time or have already established a business and are willing to continue running the business in the UK. The former Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category visa has been replaced by this category.


You can apply for an Innovator visa if you have relevant experience in your area of expertise and obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body relating to your business idea.

The business idea is assessed by the endorsing body who will scrutinise it by taking into account three main factors: innovativeness, scalability and viability.

You also need to meet other requirements such as Investment funds, English Language and Maintenance.

Furthermore, you can apply for an extension of this visa if you meet all the relevant criteria and eventually apply for settlement.

You have the possibility to bring your dependents with you in the UK.

If you would like to discuss or require more information about this new Innovator category visa, please do not hesitate to contact our team of expert UK Immigration lawyers at: or on 0207 487 8370.

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