Innovator Founder Route – Visa for Leading Business Leader

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The Innovator Founder route is designed for experienced business leaders who want to establish a new business in the UK. It is a 3 year visa and can be extended.

As a leading business leader in the tech industry, it is important to ensure that your business idea is viable, innovative and has the potential for growth and job creation in the UK. You must be able to exhibit your ability to execute the business plan successfully.


To qualify for this visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a viable, scalable, and innovative business idea.
  • You must be endorsed by an approved endorsing body. The endorsing body will assess your business idea and your ability to execute it.
  • You must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English at a proficient level (CEFR Level B1).
  • You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before applying for Innovator visa or extending it. It is for you to have enough money to support yourself in the UK .
  • You will be given the rights to take up employment in addition to running your business. The Employment must be at least at RQF Level 3.

Undeniably, there is a lot of (and often confusing) paperwork that needs to be completed associated with investing in or establishing a UK company. This includes the initial process to apply for an endorsement for this visa route.

We pride ourselves in partnering with some of the most reputed business experts so that we can offer you the support and assistance you seek as an Entrepreneur in the UK.

For more information, please contact our Corporate Immigration team to discuss your next steps.


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