UK Innovator Founder Visa for Tech Entrepreneurs

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  • 93% Success Rate
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Amount of required investment

4-6

Months for receiving visa

3

Years for receiving UK Permanent Residency (PR)

5

Years for receiving British Citizenship

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Benefits of the UK Innovator Founder Visa

Stay Flexible

Work for any employer, change jobs, run a business, study or do it all at the same time

Relocate with family

They will get access to the UK healthcare & prestigious education

Access to Techology

Access to the UK market, advanced technology, and experts

Obtain British Passport

Receive citizenship in the United Kingdom in 5 years

Receive UK PR

Receive British permanent residence in 3 years

Rise Funds

Access to the top world’s Venture Capital, Private Equity Firms, and Accelerators

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Eligibility for UK Innovator Founder Visa

About Entrepreneur


Education — Bachelor's Degree
Relevant Business Experience — 1+ years
English Level — B2 (CEFR)
Investments — £0

About Business Idea

Must prove to be innovative, viable, and scalable.
Applicant needs to:
- present a business plan.
- receive an endorsement from UK approved endorsing body

Explore stories of our clients who already
received UK Innovator Founder Visa

Serim Cetin

Founder at Merx Technologies

"Evgeny and his team were very helpful and attentive. I had no issues with my Innovator visa application and got the positive response in record time"

Catherine Gargan

Managing Director at Profolio  

"I had an amazing experience working with Tech Nomads. They helped me in obtaining a UK Innovator Visa. They were always there to answer any of my questions. Very detailed & client oriented."

Iliya Shiyan

CEO & Co-founder at JIQ AI

Tech Nomads assisted Iliya Shiyan's move from developing AI solutions in CIS countries to launching his startup in the UK.

Daniel Digo

CEO & Co-founder, Beinfit

Daniel Digo's pathway from a seasoned entrepreneur in Israel to a trailblazer in the UK tech industry. Launch of BeInFit, fueled by the Innovator Visa and Tech Nomads' crucial support, exemplifying resilience and growth.

Daniel Digo

CEO & Co-founder, Beinfit

Daniel Digo's pathway from a seasoned entrepreneur in Israel to a trailblazer in the UK tech industry. Launch of BeInFit, fueled by the Innovator Visa and Tech Nomads' crucial support, exemplifying resilience and growth.

Daniel Digo

CEO & Co-founder, Beinfit

Daniel Digo's pathway from a seasoned entrepreneur in Israel to a trailblazer in the UK tech industry. Launch of BeInFit, fueled by the Innovator Visa and Tech Nomads' crucial support, exemplifying resilience and growth.

It takes two for UK Innovator Founder Visa
You and Tech Nomads

Check Your Chances

It takes two for UK Innovator Founder Visa:
Endorsement letter and Visa Approval

Step 1. Approval from Endorsing Body

About Endorsing Body

UK Endorsing Bodies are organizations with license from UK Government, that can issue endorsements for the Innovator Founder Visa route.

What do they do?

Endorsing Bodies offers to their applicants a range of business support services to help start the business in the UK.

List of Endorsing Bodies

Tech Nomads work with all endorsing bodies

What do they want to see?

Skilled Professional

Your professional experience and education must be relevant to the business idea you are putting forward

Detailed Business Plan

  • Innovative idea – meeting new or existing market needs and/or creating a competitive advantage

  • Viable business – realistic and achievable idea based on the applicant’s available resources

  • Scalable plan – evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets

Endorsement Letter

After evaluation of the personal business profile of the applicant by Endorsing Body decision will be made and sent as Endorsement Letter in case of Approval

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Step 2. Visa Application

After you receive your endorsement letter, we are preparing the documents for the visa submission. Upon submission, you will receive a decision from Home Office within 4 weeks.

UK Innovator Founder Visa Application Process

Step

Visa Roadmap

How we solves the puzzle

01

1-3 weeks

Prepare pitch deck and business plan

Craft an engaging and detailed business plan based on your innovative idea, tailored for submission to the endorsing body. This plan is your key to making a compelling case for your vision and potential.

Pre-check

Business plan preparation

02

4-6 weeks

Endorsement Process

Our expert team coordinates interviews with carefully chosen endorsing bodies. These selections are tailored to align with the applicant's specific business industry, their area of expertise, and their professional background, ensuring the best possible match and opportunity for success.

Interview with the endorsing body

All the necessary documents

Full assistance with the Endorsing Body

03

4-6 weeks

Visa Process

Once we obtain the Endorsement Letter from endorsement body we will finalise your case, attach all additional documents and submit the online application form to the Home Office.

Finalise and prepare case documents for submission to UK Government

Complete and submit the online application form

Facilitate payment of government immigration fees

Schedule biometrics and photo appointment at the local visa center

93%

UK Global Talent Visa Granted with Tech Nomads

7-13 weeks

Tech Nomads timeline

Visa
Roadmap

How we solves
the puzzle

Step 1. 1-3 weeks
Prepare pitch deck and business plan

Craft an engaging and detailed business plan based on your innovative idea, tailored for submission to the endorsing body. This plan is your key to making a compelling case for your vision and potential.

Pre-check

Business plan preparation

Step 2. 4-6 weeks
Endorsement Process

Our expert team coordinates interviews with carefully chosen endorsing bodies. These selections are tailored to align with the applicant's specific business industry, their area of expertise, and their professional background, ensuring the best possible match and opportunity for success.

Interview with the endorsing body

All the necessary documents

Full assistance with the Endorsing Body

Step 3. 2-4 weeks
Visa Process

Once we obtain the Endorsement Letter from endorsement body we will finalise your case, attach all additional documents and submit the online application form to the Home Office.

Finalise and prepare case documents for submission to UK Government

Complete and submit the online application form

Facilitate payment of government immigration fees

Schedule biometrics and photo appointment at the local visa center

93%

Innovator Founder Visas Granted with Tech Nomads

7-12 weeks

Tech Nomads timeline

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UK Innovator Founder Visa in Real stories

Sergey Balasanyan

Founder of Longevity Card

UK Innovator Visa

United Kingdom

Founder of Longevity Card

Sergey Balasanyan, the brains behind Longevity Card and former CEO, has made a real name for himself in the FinTech world. His leadership turned the Longevity Card into a shining example of what the future of banking could look like, all made possible with a little help from the UK Innovator Visa and the team of legal and tech specialists at Tech Nomads.

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RWorld Express

Logistics Company

UK Sponsor Licence & Global Mobility

United Kingdom

Logistics Company

RWorld Express, a leading logistics company, aimed to elevate its operations and expand its capabilities through international talent. In pursuit of this goal, they turned to Tech Nomads, seeking expertise in scaling their productivity and enhancing their global workforce. Today the RWorld Express prides itself in reliable service with a global presence and a team of over 50+ staff members worldwide.

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Arseny Fitilbam

Co-Founder and CTO, Conversational AI Platform

UK Innovator Visa

United Kingdom

Co-Founder and CTO, Conversational AI Platform

Tech Nomads helped Arseny by perfecting his business plan and guiding him through company registration and family relocation. Tech Nomads also advised Arseny on market positioning, scalability, and UK tech partnerships, facilitating Arseny's AI startup's growth.

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Visa Packages

Be flexible! Tech Nomads elaborated agile
service packages to match your best interest

Endorsement Lite

Upgrade your package at any time

Non-immigration Advice

What’s included:

Stage – Documents Review for Endorsement

60-Min Consultation with Case Leader about getting Endorsement Documents

Basic Guide Step by Step Getting Endorsement Process

Endorsement Documents Reviewed by a dedicated Case Leader with feedback

Endorsement Pro

FREE re-application in case of refusal by Endorsing Body

Non-immigration Advice

What’s included:

Stage – Document preparation

Dedicated Business Case Leader

Detailed Guide Step by Step Getting Endorsement Process

Documents prepared and reviewed by a Business Case Leader with feedback

Stage – Document preparation

Dedicated Business Case Leader

Full Assistance on Concept, Research, Business Plan Preparation and Pitch Deck

Tips, templates and examples of documents, reference letters and CV

Case submission to Endorsement Body

Application assistance to Endorsement Body

Access to Marketplace of Relocation Services

Full Assistance

FREE re-application in case of refusal by Endorsing Body

Immigration Advice

What’s included:

Stage – Document preparation

Dedicated Business Case Leader

Detailed Guide Step by Step Getting Endorsement Process

Documents prepared and reviewed by a Case Leader with feedback

Stage – Document preparation

Dedicated Business Case Leader

Full Assistance on Concept, Research, Business Plan Preparation and Pitch Deck

Tips, templates and examples of documents, reference letters and CV

Case submission to Endorsement Body

Application assistance to Endorsement Body

Access to Marketplace of Relocation Services

Stage – Visa Application

Dedicated UK Immigration Lawyer

Full assistance and preparation of documents for UK Government Authorities

Visa Case submission to UK Government Authorities

Detailed Guide Step by Step Getting Visa Process

Endorsement Lite

Upgrade your package at any time

Non-immigration Advice

Endorsement Pro

FREE re-application in case of refusal by Endorsing Body

Non-immigration Advice

Full Assistance

FREE re-application in case of refusal by Endorsing Body

Immigration Advice

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Post-Relocation Services

Get UK Permanent Residency and British Passport

Obtaining UK Permanent Residency in 3 or 5 Years

To get an ILR (indefinite leave to remain) you will have to prove continuous residence in the UK - you must not leave the UK for more than 180 days (6 months) per year.

Applicants are also required to provide evidence that their business venture is successful.

Obtaining British Citizenship in 5 Years

Apply for UK citizenship one year after obtaining ILR on Innovator Founder visa if all requirements are met. You must be able to prove to the Home Office that you have not been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the 5-year period prior to submitting your British citizenship application and 90 days in the last year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the UK Innovator Founder Visa?

The UK Innovator Founder Visa allows individuals to establish and work in their own businesses in the UK, take up additional skilled employment, and study.

This visa also enables immediate family members to join the visa holder in the UK, where they can work in any field, including self-employment, and pursue educational opportunities.

What are the main requirements for the UK Innovator Founder Visa?

You must present an innovative, viable & scalable business idea. These criteria should be reflected in your comprehensive business plan so you can receive an endorsement. Additionally, you have to demonstrate English knowledge of B2 level.

Can I set up and run more than 1 company in the UK?

Yes, you are allowed to set up multiple businesses in the UK. However, only your main business (approved by the Endorsement body) will be evaluated by the Endorsement Body and the Home Office.

Can I bring my staff members to the UK if I receive the Innovator Founder Visa?

You can only bring your family as dependents.

However, if you get a sponsorship licence for your company in the UK, you may be able to sponsor your staff members under General Work Visas.

How much UK Innovator Founder Visa costs?

The application fee for the Innovator Founder Visa varies based on the location of application: £1,191 for individuals applying from outside the UK and £1,486 for those applying within the UK to switch or extend status. The same fees apply for each dependent.

Additionally, all applicants must pay an annual immigration health surcharge for access to the UK's National Health Service.

How can I obtain British Citizenship via UK Innovator Founder Visa?

You can apply for British citizenship after living in the UK for at least 5 years, including 1 year on Indefinite Leave to Remain (Permanent Residency Status).

To apply for citizenship, you must have a good reputation, pass a Life in the UK test, and prove your English level (B1 or higher).

How Tech Nomads can ensure my UK Innovator Founder Visa application is successful?

Tech Nomads offers an eligibility test, free consultation, comprehensive document preparation, business plan guidance, and application submission support. Our expert team helps to verify all documents and assists with every step of the visa application process and post-relocation adaptation.

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