Business Immigration

At Sterling Law, we understand how challenging it may be to navigate UK immigration law, especially when you have a company to look after.

It is why we offer you full end-to-end support. Whether you are looking to relocate your company, become self-employed, apply for a Sponsor Licence to hire foreign workers, or check if your business is fully compliant with immigration requirements.

Our team of dedicated lawyers has vast experience of working with start-ups, small and medium-sized companies.

We will ensure your business operation are fully compliant, saving you time and money so that you can concentrate on your company growth, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Let us know how we can help you by choosing one of the services below.

Not sure what you need? Not to worry, ask your questions by filling in the form below, and we’ll get back to you with the answers.

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Compare the key criteria below
Criteria Start Up Innovator Global Talent Skilled Worker Sole Representative Investor
English language B2 B2 B1 A1
Investment required £ 50 000 £ 2,000,000
CV/outstanding skills required
Business plan required
Employer required
Work experience required
Limits in permitted activities
Visa granted for 2 yrs 3 yrs 1-5 yrs 3 yrs 3 yrs 2-5 yrs
Visa can be extended
Settlement (ILR) in 5 yrs 3 yrs 3-5 yrs 5 yrs 5 yrs 2-5 yrs
Why Sterling Law

We value your time. After the consultation, we will let you know what the next steps are. We will request the documents we need, and only call you when necessary. We are proactive, will update you on your case as soon as we have any news so that you don’t need to call, meaning you can rest assured that no actions are needed from your side.

We haven’t forgotten about you, but we believe you’d rather spend time doing something that really matters than on the phone with a lawyer.

Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa programme allowed business people with between £50,000 and £200,000 in funds available for investment to enter the UK to establish or take over a UK business or businesses.

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Tier 1 Investor Visa Tier 1 Investor Visa

Aliya Rimshelis, Corporate Immigration Lawyer at Sterling Law, has reached a successful result in a complex Tier 1 Investor visa application.

As a result of her efforts, our client from Kazakhstan together with his unmarried partner and their four young children were all successfully granted entry clearance to the UK under the Tier 1 Investor visa.

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Start-up Visa Start-up Visa


Both Start-up and Innovator visa are open to everyone looking to set up a business in the UK for the first time.

Start-up is initially granted for 2 years which allows you to develop your business idea and switch to the Innovator category later on.

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Innovator Visa Innovator Visa

Both Start-up and Innovator visa are open to everyone looking to set up a business in the UK for the first time.

The Innovator category is suitable for more experienced applicants who perhaps already run a company or have managerial experience.

Innovator visa is granted for 3 years with opportunity to extend indefinitely (given you meet certain criteria).


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Business Short Stay Business Short Stay

If you would like to visit the United Kingdom for a short stay to undertake certaine business activities, you can apply for a Business Visitor visa. The application must be made online. The decision is ususally made within 3 weeks.

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