Within the current UK immigration landscape, a number of options exist for entrepreneurs and investors looking to start or join projects here. This is in spite of the closure of the dedicated Tier 1 (Investor) visa last year.
If you have a unique business concept that you wish to bring to the UK market as a founder or co-founder, you might consider an Innovator Founder visa. The pre-visa process requires you to pitch your business plan to a Home Office authorised endorsing body to obtain their backing. Endorsement can be obtained across all business types, although we have seen a strong trend towards digital-tech.
Alternatively, if you are already involved in the management of a successful international business and are nominated to explore the UK market on behalf of that organisation, you might consider an Expansion Worker visa. Under this route, the overseas business must have been trading for at least 3 years, with you on the payroll for at least 12 months (unless you are considered to be a ‘high earner’).
Separately, if you are a professional with partners already operating businesses in the UK, one of those organisations may apply for a licence to sponsor you under a Skilled Worker visa. You must have the right skill set to perform the UK role that you have been offered.
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