Start-up Visa

About Start-up visas

WHO IS IT FOR?

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.

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).

 

How to apply

 

PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS IDEA

Your business plan and idea are the main criteria for a successful application. Your idea must be viable, scalable and innovative. A good business plan will also help you to receive an endorsement.

 

AND IT’S A YES FROM THEM

One of the qualifying organisations has to endorse your business idea. This is a critical aspect of the visa application. The full list of the sponsors can be found here.

Innovator visa also requires a £50 000 investment.

 

ENGLISH PLEASE

There is an English language requirement (level B2 or above). You have a choice between IELTS and Trinity College Test.

For instance, you have to score 5.5-6.0 at IELTS for the equivalent of B2.

You do not need to worry about this if you are a national of a majority English speaking country, or hold a UK degree.

CONSULTATION
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.

Services
Business Immigration 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.

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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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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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Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence

In a nutshell, it is permission to hire workers outside the EU (EEA) and the UK. Not only you will be able to hire applicants based on their skill and not nationality, but you also secure yourself the same right after the end of the transition period (please note, from 1 January 2021 you must have a sponsor licence to hire both EU and non-EU citizens who otherwise do not have right to work in the UK).

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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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