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Innovator Founding Programme

The Innovator Founder Visa is for start-up entrepreneurs and experienced businesspersons seeking to establish a new business in the UK. Even though applicants do not have to show a specific level of funds to invest in their proposed business, they must demonstrate an innovative, viable and scalable business idea, supported by a business plan, which has been approved by an endorsing body.

Applicants for an Innovator Founder Visa must have generated, or have significantly contributed to, their business idea.  Innovator Founders must also intend to play a key role in the day-to-day management and development of their business.

Innovator Founder visas are valid for 3 years and can lead directly to Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK at the end of this period.  Innovator Founder Visa applicants can bring their partner and any children under the age of 18 to the UK.

Applicants must have a new business idea and the business cannot already exist in the UK market. The business idea may relate to any sector, provided the idea is sufficiently innovative, viable and scalable and is supported by a business plan.  The business could be registered with the Companies House at the initial stage but must not be trading. If the business is trading, then additional evidence is required to satisfy the Home Office that the applicant has made a significant contribution to the business plan.


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Magrath Sheldrick LLP is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading immigration practices for businesses and entrepreneurs.  We will work closely with you and your business whether you are at start up or experienced business owner stage. We would offer a rigorous assessment of your eligibility in order to ensure your business meets endorsement criteria.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to entrepreneurs and businesspersons as part of a professional and friendly service.


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