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October 13, 2020

Innovator visa: Frequently Asked Questions

The UK Innovator visa is for established international entrepreneurs who would like to establish a business in the UK.  The proposed business must be an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been approved by an endorsing organisation. Those who hold an innovator visa are not permitted to work for an employer but engage in business activities in the UK.  They can also be accompanied by their dependants which includes children.

Q1. What is definition of Business as innovative, viable and scalable? 

Whilst each endorsing body will have their own slightly different criteria, the Immigration Rules do provide a general definition of each word. Innovation looks at whether the business idea is genuine and original, meeting current or future market needs. Viability is concerned with the skills and knowledge of the applicant and scalability addresses whether there is any evidence of structured and logical planning including consideration for job creation and business growth.

Q2: Will Applicant get a British Passport if they have an Innovator visa?

Yes. Once applicant obtained the Innovator visa entry clearance and stays for 3 years on it, then they can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Two years after obtaining settlement, they can apply to become British citizen.

Q3: Once Applicant get endorsed by an endorsing body, what is the next step with them?

The endorsing bodies are their mentor, guiding applicant through the process of becoming an established entrepreneur in the UK. The Home Office request that they regularly check on applicant’s progress in the form of meetings 6 months and then 12 months after their visa has been approved.

Q4: The endorsing body is charging applicant for an endorsement, is this allowed? 

In general Endorsement bodies are able to charge applicant for any services that they also provide to non-start-up applicants, such as office space or mentoring. This can include membership to the programme that may lead to an endorsement.

Q5: Applicant has obtained an endorsement; will their immigration application definitely be approved?

The endorsement of the applicant is effectively the start of the uk visa preparation process. The Home Office will consider applicant’s endorsement letter, but they will also look at other factors such as:

  • Is the evidence submitted genuine and credible;
  • previous educational, work and immigration history; and other

Q7: Can applicant bring their family to the UK?

Yes. Applicant can bring their family members, such as spouse or unmarried partner and dependent children under the age of 18. Their family members will be issued a visa for the same duration as applicant’s visa.


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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

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