Choosing the Right UK Visa for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Located Outside the UK

Choosing the Right UK Visa for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Located Outside the UK

The UK is one of the business hotspots of the world and constantly attracts a large number of successful overseas companies and entrepreneurs. UK visa options available for entrepreneurs and businesses can be utilised for the purpose of relocating to the UK either temporarily or permanently. However, how do you choose the right visa for you or your company? Below are some viable options.

Which business visa option is best for you? Read on to find out more about the visas. 

Innovator Visa

The Innovator Visa is intended to help experienced overseas entrepreneurs carry out their business ventures in the UK through an endorsement from approved bodies.

A noteworthy change is that the business venture will be assessed solely by experts in the endorsing body rather than the Home Office itself. This separates the endorsement process from the immigration process. However, obtaining an endorsement will not guarantee a visa if there are immigration issues with the applicant.

This visa is best used for experienced entrepreneurs who want to build a business presence in the UK and have an innovative business plan. This visa can lead to settlement. For more information about the Innovator Visa, please click here

Start-up Visa

The Start-up Visa is similar to the Innovator Visa and will enable individuals to establish their business in the UK for the first time, provided that their business idea is innovative, viable and scalable.

You can apply for a Start-up Visa even if you do not have a university education. However, the Start-up Visa criteria will need to be supported and assessed by an endorsing body.

This visa is best used for entrepreneurs who are interested in setting up a business in the UK for the first time and whose business is not yet operational. For further information about the Start-up Visa, please click here. 

Global Business Mobility Route

The Global Business Mobility route has now replaced the four following routes: Intra-Company Transfer routes, Sole Representative Visa, Intra-Company Graduate Trainee Visa, and the Contractual Service supplier and independent Professional Provisions in the Temporary Work – International Agreement route.  The Global Business Mobility route allows overseas workers to temporarily send employees to the UK, in order to establish an overseas presence and expand their business.

The Global Business Mobility route is as follows:

  • UK Expansion Worker Visa
  • Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
  • Graduate Trainee route
  • Service Supplier route
  • Secondment Worker route

For more information on the Global Business Mobility route, please click here.

How Can NA Law Solicitors Help?

At NA Law Solicitors, our team of specialist immigration lawyers can help you navigate through the complex and time-consuming process of applying for a visa, saving you time, money, and stress. We will ensure that you have the highest possible chance of making a successful application by doing the following: 

  • Keeping abreast of the latest legal and business developments.
  • Ensuring that your business plan demonstrates credibility and your genuineness as an entrepreneur.
  • Preparing detailed legal representations in support of your application.

NA Law Solicitors are committed to providing a high-quality, cost-effective service.

Please contact us or call us on 0203 5245439 for a friendly chat with one of our expert immigration solicitors.

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