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Tier 1 Innovator Founder Visa Eligibility

If you wish to start a Business in the UK under the Innovator Founder Visa route and wish to be considered under this Visa category, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be able to prove the source of your funding
  • Have your Business idea endorsed by an approved Endorsing Body
  • Have funds in your bank account for at least 28 days
  • Have a good command of the English Language
  • Meet certain personal financial requirements of £1,270

As a Businessperson, you may be finding difficult to navigate through the UK Immigration Rules in terms of finding the right visa for you. The task is not made any easier with the Innovator Founder Visa. Applicants have commented how difficult it can be to access Endorsing Bodies and meet the requirements of the new business.

When it comes to Endorsements, Cranbrook Legal have access to and professional relationships with a number of Endorsing Bodies and we are therefore able to present your idea to them. We have a great reputation amongst Endorsing Bodies which means your business idea will get all the time it deserves to ensure the best chance of obtaining an Endorsement.

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Requirements for an Endorsement

Your Business Plan

As part of your Innovator Founder Visa Application, you must be endorsed by an Endorsing Body, of which there are around at present 46 who have been approved by the Home Office – UKVI. As part of their assessment, the Endorsing Body will want to know about you and your Business. You must therefore provide:

  • A Business Plan is crucial to a successful endorsement by an Endorsing Body.
  • It should cover your plans for marketing, finances and risk management.
  • The document should involve an analysis of the market and competitors.
  • A poorly drafted Business Plan will often lead to a rejection of an Application for Endorsement.
  • The document should set out information about yourself, your business and why the business is ready for an Endorsement i.e. Innovative, Viable and Scalable.
  • The Business Plan should be concise and straight to the point in clear English

Your CV

  • Your CV gives the Endorsing Body an insight into your background, both academically and professionally
  • It should contain your personal details, a personal profile, employment experience and your educational qualifications.
  • Think of it as an introduction into yourself, so keep it brief.

Tier 1 Innovator Founder Visa UK Requirements

If your application for an Endorsement is successful, you will need to apply for the Innovator Founder Visa to gain lawful entry to the UK. You will be required to demonstrate the following:

  • Your Endorsement is granted by an approved Endorsing Body
  • Your Endorsement Letter is no more than 90 days old at the time of application
  • You are able to prove the source of your funding
  • You genuinely intend to establish your business in the UK
  • You have £1,270 in your bank account for at least 28 days
  • You have passed the English Language Test to at least CEFR Level B2

You need to prove you have the required money in your bank account (or the dependant’s bank account) for at least 90 days before you apply for the Innovator Founder Visa.

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How Cranbrook Legal Can Help you with your Innovator Founder Visa?

  • We assess your Business idea/concept
  • We present your idea to the Endorsing Body for feedback
  • We assist with preparing your Business Plan
  • We assist with getting your Endorsement
  • We prepare and submit your Visa Application
  • We prepare strong & detailed legal representations
  • We can assist with your Settlement Application
  • We are UK qualified Solicitors regulated by the SRA

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Tier 1 UK Innovator Founder Visa FAQ’s

1. Am I suitable for an UK Innovator Founder Visa?

An ideal applicant for the Innovator Visa will be an experienced businessperson. They will be looking to set up a business in the UK from scratch, which is innovative, viable and scalable. This means that the business idea or concept should be a new one and one that can grow without altering the business model.

Yes, you can apply as part of a team of innovators. Each applicant will however need their own individual Endorsement and be able to prove the source of funding.

Yes, we offer an Endorsement Service in which we are able to assist in preparing an endorsement application. Our teams, through affiliate Partners have access to Endorsement Bodies who are able to obtain feedback from an Endorsing Body prior to submitting an application, thereby giving you an idea as to whether you would be approved or not.

You can apply, however this will likely lead to a refusal of your Visa Application.

Yes. Our team work with affiliate Partners to ensure that you have a bespoke business plan covering all the important aspects of your business. Given our experience in these types of application, we know what the Endorsing Bodies are looking for.

Yes, it is possible to switch into this category from within the UK as long as your last leave to remain was under the Start Up Visa, Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Graduate Entrepreneur, Tier 2 General or ICT.

In most instances, the answer is No. This is due to the fact that the Business should be a new business and one that has not yet begun trading.

Yes, your can bring your Partner and Children to the UK. You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to financially maintain them whilst living in the UK. You will need to show you have £285 available for your Partner, £315 for your first child and £200 each for any children thereafter.

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