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How to Apply for UK Innovator Visa 2019?

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What does it mean to have a UK innovator Visa?

Innovator visa is one of the visa categories under UK’s immigration programs for the experienced businesspeople that are looking to start their own business in the UK. An immigrant can apply for this visa if they:

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  • Want to set up or run a business in the UK – for which they need to have their business or business idea endorsed by an approved body
  • Are they are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • Are able to meet all the eligibility criteria for the innovator visa

Minimum funds requirement is of minimum £50,000 which must be shown as investment funds in order to set up the new business. In case the business is already established and is endorsed in an earlier visa, immigrants do not need to provide with investment funds.

Once the applicant is able to land the innovator visa, they are some things that they are allowed to do and some they are not allowed to do. Things that they are allowed to do are as follows:

  • Set up a single or several businesses.
  • Work for their business – that includes working as a director, self-employed as a member of a business partnership
  • Will be able to bring their family members with themselves

Things that are not allowed for innovator visa holders are as follows:

  • To do work outside their established business
  • To work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • Cannot work as a professional sportsperson
  • To get public funds


What are the eligibility criteria to apply for UK innovator visa?

For immigrants to be able to apply for UK innovator visa, they are required to clear the eligibility criteria that are set by the UK government. The first condition is to get their business idea assessed by an approved body. On the successful assessment of the business idea meaning that the business idea is found viable, the applicant is provided with an endorsement letter. Other major requirements are as follows:

  • The applicant needs to meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement:
  • Need to be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • The applicant will be needed to prove that they will be able to support themselves financially while their stay in the UK. For this applicant needs to show minimum £945 in a bank account for 90 consecutive days before applying for the visa.


To prove their language proficiency in English, applicants can do the same in the following manners:

  • By passing an approved English language test with minimum Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Can have an educational qualification for which medium of teaching was the English language, which is recognized by UK NARIC that is equivalent to UK’s educational system whether it is equal to UK’s bachelor degree, master’s degree or Ph.D.


What is the Fees requirement and processing time for the Innovator visa?

For an ideal application, the earliest an applicant can apply for the visa is 3 months before their travel. The decision on their visa application can be expected within 3 weeks. Taking about the fees that need to pay to apply for innovator visa, it mainly depends on the location of the applicant from where they are applying. The following table will illustrate the fees structure for the innovator visa:

Applying for Apply (outside from the UK) Extend or switch (in the UK)
Yourself £1021 £1277
Yourself (if from Turkey or Macedonia) £966 £1222
All dependants £1021 each person £1277 each person

In case the application is submitted online, the applicant needs to also pay the healthcare surcharge as part of the application. Duration for stay is for 3 years if the applicant:

  • Have immigrated to the UK based on the innovator visa
  • If they have switched to innovator visa from any other visa

The applicant can also apply for the visa extension for another 3 years after the expiration of the current innovator visa. There is no limit on how many times the applicant can apply for visa extensions. The applicant will be able to apply for settlement once they have stayed in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.


What are the documents required to apply for UK Innovator Visa?

With the submission of their “endorsement letter” to prove that their business idea has been assessed by the assessing body, applicants are also required to submit another set of documents, which are as follows:

  • A current valid traveling document like passport.
  • Bank statements to show their £945 savings in the bank account for the past 90 days before starting the application process.
  • Proof to meet the English language requirement.
  • For a new business, must provide evidence for investment funds.

Additional documents can also be required by the immigration office that varies from case to case.

Getting all the required set of documents and the whole application process can be very confusing and this where the immigration consultants play their role. With their experience and knowledge of all the immigration-related processes, they can help you to maximize your chance of moving to the UK from India. Call us now on 92-92-92-92-81 and get your journey started with the help of best immigration consultant – Nationwide Visas.


What is the process to apply for Innovator visa and inclusion of family members in the visa application?

To apply for a UK innovator visa, it is a very simple and easy process. Applicants can apply for the innovator visa online. Applying online allows the applicants to apply from anywhere thus removing the geographical location restriction.

The applicant will be required to have their fingerprints and photographs taken at a visa application center which is a part of the application process. They will have to collect their biometric residence permit within 10 days of when they arrive in the country. Getting your visa and other services depend on the country from where the applicant is submitting their application for the innovator visa.

Applicants will be able to include their family members/dependents in the application and they can come with the applicant to the UK with the help of the innovator visa. The dependent can be any of the following:

  • Applicant’s partner
  • Applicant’s child below 18 years of age
  • Applicant’s child over 18 if they are currently living in the UK as a dependant

Additional £630 is required for each dependent other than the £945 that is required to support the applicants themselves. This shows that the applicant’s dependent can be supported while there stay in the UK.

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