Entry as an Innovator

This new visa route has replaced the former Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route but with some key differences and some major teething problems.

It is aimed at people with some business experience and, unlike the previous entrepreneur route, requires endorsement by a relevant body. At the moment it is proving very difficult to find organisations willing to endorse new businesses and successful applications have been few and far between.

If you are thinking about applying under the startup route with a view to becoming an innovator after two years it may, unfortunately, be more difficult than it was hoped when the new routes were introduced.

This section will be updated once more is known about relevant endorsing bodies and how they may be able to assist.