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Business Immigration



The current popular Business visa routes are Investor, Start Up, Innovator, Graduate and Sole Representative of an Overseas Business

  •    The UK has one of the lowest corporation tax rates in the G20
  •    You can register a company within 48 hours
  •    4 of the world’s top 10 universities are based in the UK
  •    The labour force is the second largest in the Europe
  •    The UK government offers support to start-ups and entrepreneurs
  •    World class Education and Health care facilities

The underlying requirement is that the ‘Applicants must have an Innovative, Viable and Scalable business idea, supported by an endorsing body’.
The applicant’s business venture meets all of the requirements in the table below:


The applicant has a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage.

The applicant’s business venture meets all of the requirements in the table below:


The applicant has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business.


There is evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets.


INNOVATOR visa needs some business experience and an investment of £50,000. The visa will be granted for 3 years and there is no maximum length of stay in the Innovator category, which means one can extend the same until s/he qualifies for settlement.



Start UP


Eligibility Criteria

  • • Age (18+)
  • • B2 level English language
  • • Maintenance funds
  • • Genuine intention to set up and run business
  • • Throughout endorsed by an endorsing body
  • • Age (18+)
  • • B2 level English language
  • • Maintenance funds
  • • £50,000 funds for investment or already invested or exempt
  • • Genuine intention to set up and run business
  • • Throughout endorsed by an endorsing body

Length & Conditions

Max 2 years, Study & Work allowed, with conditions

No Maximum, can extend every 3 years, until qualify for settlement

Study allowed, with conditions


Can switch from T1 GE, skilled worker, Student

Can switch from Startup, Graduate, Student, Skilled Worker

Settlement/ ILR

No direct route to settlement, can switch to Innovator and then qualify for settlement

Can lead to settlement after 3 years and meeting the requirements


No prior business experience required Can be part of a joint venture Can work for another employer

Can be part of Joint venture Cannot take up paid employment other than working towards the business No contract of service to another business Study allowed conditionally

Sole Representative of an Overseas Business:

This option helps overseas businesses looking to expand to the UK by opening a branch or representative office in the UK.
Senior Employees can be sponsored by the Overseas business to set up and carry out business activities in the UK.
By this route, the employee and his family can migrate to the UK and settle here after 5 years, meeting the relevant requirements.
This requires careful planning and preparation and we are here to advice and assist you from the start.


Sponsorship- Skilled Worker, Intra Company VIsa, Health Care, Temporary Worker:

To employ overseas nationals, UK employers need to obtain a Sponsor Licence and comply with a number of duties and responsibilities. Failure to comply with any one of these duties will risk having your license suspended pending investigation and even revoked and can result in significant financial penalties. Our special team of Corporate Immigration Solicitors are ready to assist your business with all your compliance needs to sponsor a migrant

  •    Skilled Worker Sponsor licence applications
  •    Compliance Audit, HR
  •    Sponsorship Management System
  •    Certificate of Sponsorship assignments
  •    Act as key contact to liaise with UKVI, offer follow up services.
  •    Check and Advice on HR Compliance issues when employing migrant workers.
  •    Illegal working issues, UKVI raids and other emergencies