Can I obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as an Innovator Founder?

24 Oct 2023, 06 mins ago

The United Kingdom has long been a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting ambitious individuals from around the world. One of the routes for entrepreneurs to settle in the UK is the Innovator Founder Visa, designed for individuals with innovative business ideas. In this blog, we will explore the path to obtaining ILR as an Innovator Founder.

The Innovator Founder Visa is a UK immigration route designed for experienced entrepreneurs who wish to establish and run an innovative business in the country. Applicants must have an innovative business plan and secure an endorsement from an approved endorsing body.

To apply for ILR as an Innovator Founder, you will need to live and work in the UK for three years and meet specific requirements. The important points to bear in mind are as follows:

  • You must have resided in the UK for 3 years as an Innovator founder;
  • You must not have been outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12-month period;
  • You will need to apply for and gain a new endorsement showing you have now met the requirements for growing your business; and
  • You will need to complete the Life in the UK Test and prove your English proficiency.

Obtaining ILR as an Innovator Founder in the UK is a significant milestone for applicants who have successfully established innovative businesses in the country. It offers the opportunity to make the UK your permanent home and enjoy the benefits of permanent residency. However, the process can be complex, and it is crucial to meet all the requirements and submit a well-prepared application. Do not hesitate to contact us for professional advice so that we can assist you in undertaking this process successfully.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have not found an answer to your question, or if you would like to talk to us about your specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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