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UK Innovator Visa - Settle in UK with family

Stay in the UK for up to 3 years, extendable unlimited times. Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 3 years.

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The United Kingdom encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to come to their country and work. However, the process of applying for an innovator visa can be a difficult task. This page talks about the process, eligibility, best business plan you need to have, etc. Read on.

What is Innovator visa UK?

The Innovator visa is for individuals seeking to set up a business in the United Kingdom based on an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category closed for new applicants on March 29, 2019 and has been replaced by the Innovator visa and the Start-Up visa.

What can I do in the UK on my Innovator visa?

With an Innovator visa UK, you can - 

  • Set up business or businesses, 
  • Work for your business (such as, being employed as a Director), 
  • Bring your dependents
  • Travel overseas and return to the UK, and
  • Apply for permanent settlement in the UK.

Who can apply for a UK Innovator visa?

Those intending to set up or start a business in the UK can apply for either Innovator visa UK or Start-Up visa for the UK. You can no longer apply for a UK Entrepreneur visa.

How long can I stay in the UK on an innovator visa?

You can stay in the UK for three years if - 

  • Coming to the UK on an Innovator visa, or
  • Switching over to this visa category from another visa from within the UK.

What are the UK innovator visa eligibility requirements?

You can only apply for this UK visa route if you have an endorsement from a designated UK endorsing body. An Endorsement Letter will be provided to you if your business is found to be eligible. 

As part of the eligibility requirements, you must - 

  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Have at least GBP 50,000 in investment funds,  
  • Meet the English language requirement, and 
  • Be able to prove enough personal savings to support yourself when in the UK. 

What is the UK Innovator visa processing time?

A decision on your visa application can be expected within three weeks if you are applying for the Innovator visa from outside the UK. Those applying from within the country can expect a decision on their visa within eight weeks.

How to apply for UK Innovator visa?

You will have to apply online.

What is the English language requirement for the Innovator visa UK?

At least B2: Independent User in all four abilities - listening, reading, writing, and speaking - as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

What is the visa processing fee for Innovator visa UK?

The visa fees to be paid will be based on where you will be applying from. 

UK Innovator - Visa Processing Fee 

Applying for 

Applying (from outside the UK)

Visa Switching or Extention (in the UK)

In British Pounds 

In Indian rupees 

In British Pounds 

In Indian rupees 

Main applicant 

GBP 1,021 

INR 1,02,133 approx

GBP 1,277

INR 1,27,742 approx


GBP 1,021 

INR 1,02,133 approx

GBP 1,277

INR 1,27,742 approx


GBP 1,021 (for each child)

INR 1,02,133 approx (for each child)

GBP 1,277 (for each child) 

INR 1,27,742 approx (for each child) 


Note:  You will have to pay the applicable visa fees for each individual that is - 

  • Applying at the same time as you, or 
  • Applies later to join you in the UK. 

What is a UK Innovator visa endorsing body?

You must get your business or business idea endorsed before you can apply. A UK Innovator endorsing body can be either a business organization or a higher education provider. An organization in the UK can only offer an innovator visa endorsement if they are on the list of organizations designated by the UK Home Office.

How much investment funds do I need for UK Innovator visa?

Funds of at least GBP 50,000 will be needed to invest in the business.

When are investment funds not needed for Innovator visa for UK?

Investment funds will have to be shown when setting up a new business in the United Kingdom as an innovator. Investment funds not needed if business previously endorsed or there has been a change of business (approved by the endorsing body).

What documents are required to apply for UK Innovator visa?

An Endorsement Letter will be needed to apply to the UK Innovator visa category. 

Generally, the following documents will be needed for application submission - 

  • A valid passport (with at least one page remaining),
  • Proof of meeting the English language requirement, 
  • Evidence of GBP 50,000 investment funds (if setting up a new business), 
  • Bank statements showing a minimum of GBP 1,270 in your bank account for 28 continuous days before applying. 

Additional documents might be asked for, based on the individual circumstances of the applicants.

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