Innovator Founder Visa

Innovator Visa Granted to A Biotech Innovator

By Amer Zaman

on April 20, 2023

The Context

A biotech innovator with a revolutionary gene-editing technology sought our assistance in obtaining an Innovator visa. Their technology had the potential to transform genetic research and medical treatments by enabling precise and efficient gene modifications. Our client felt that the UK would be the ideal place to launch his business from.

Our client was unsure as to which visa would be suitable for him. He had considered the Sole Representative visa prior to its closure, and had more recently explored the options of the Expansion Worker visa and Skilled Worker visa.

While both were attractive options, he felt that the Innovator visa was ideal for him, as it would lead to permanent residency in the UK after just three years.

How We Assisted

We advised the client that while indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status can be attained in a short period of time, his business would need to demonstrate a higher level of turnover or higher levels of job creation, or the registration of a patent along with investment of £50,000 into the business.

Our client advised that based on his projections, this should not be an issue, as he had already undertaken some research that he felt would enable his business to easily meet the criteria for both the initial application for an Innovator visa, and indefinite leave to remain.

We advised the client on how the process for the Innovator visa worked, including the endorsement process. We then advised him on the documentation that was needed to support both endorsement and visa applications.

The Outcome

Cranbrook Legal worked closely with the client to secure endorsement from a reputable Endorsing Body, and compiled a compelling visa application that highlighted the technology’s potential impact on the UK’s biotech industry.

The Innovator visa was successfully granted, which meant that the biotech innovator was able to bring their groundbreaking technology to the UK market.

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