The Innovator visa category is for non-EEA nationals who are experienced businesspersons seeking to establish a business in the UK. Applicants will need to have access to at least £50,000 to invest in their business (or have already invested £50,000, subject to exceptions). You will also need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is approved and supported by an endorsing body.
In order to qualify for an Innovator Visa applicants will need to show that they;
The initial Innovator visa will be valid for 3 years. Applicants can extend it for a further 3 years. There is no maximum time limit in the category.
Innovator Visa holders cannot take up any other employment other than working for the business or businesses that they have established.
Partners/Spouse and any children under the age of 18 may accompany or join the applicant as his/her dependant(s).
The applicants must prove that they have satisfied at least two of the following:
Applicants must not have spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any rolling 12 month period during the 3 years prior to the date of application;
Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the English language and Life in the UK.
The experienced Immigration team at Healys Solicitors will prepare and submit your Innovator visa application (and those of your dependants) from the UK.
We will ensure that all supporting documents are carefully drafted to ensure compliance with UK Immigration Rules and specifically assist your bank and/or third-party funders to produce financial documents that also comply with the rules.
We’ll advise you on the best type of application for your situation and give you the insight you need to make informed decisions along the way. We aim to not only make the process as smooth as possible but to enhance it and improve the chances of your permanent residence application being successful.
We’re a law firm that understands its customers and treats every individual case as something new. We focus on building relationships with our clients to ensure that we can provide them with the best legal representation and advice that we possibly can. With several decades of experience across different aspects of law, including immigration, we believe that we’re in a unique position to offer our clients the best advice available on managing and processing UK visa applications.
11th October 2019
An investigation has uncovered a major people smuggling ring bringing migrants across the channel to the UK.
Ivon Sampson, Healys Head of Immigration, joined Tom Swarbrick to discuss the LBC investigation, and the the possible causes of the recent spate of channel crossings by economic migrants.
Listen to the full radio interview here:
9th October 2019
On 6 Oct 2019, UK Visas and Immigration added the following occupations to the shortage occupation list for Tier 2 General Migrant applications:
The benefits of a job being on the shortage occupation list are:
Skilled chefs (SOC 5434) are also included on the shortage occupation list (even if it’s a take away business).
Other occupations added are civil engineering roles (SOC Code 2121) and architects (SOC Code 2431).
30th September 2019
Healys LLP has again been recognised as a leading firm in the latest edition of the Legal 500. This year, 4 practise areas and 3 individual lawyers have been recommended.
12th September 2019
In the latest statement of changes announced by the Home Office on 11 Sept 2019, they have added the following occupations to the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List (SOL)
This decision implements the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendations which were published earlier in the year. Continue reading »
11th September 2019
The Prime Minister has announced today that foreign students will be permitted to remain in the United Kingdom for up to two years after completing their degrees. Continue reading »