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START-UP VISA

This route is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been assessed and supported by an approved endorsing body.

Business Plan

1. Need a structured business plan which shows our client’s business idea to be innovating or meet market needs.
* No explana6on given on what are market needs, this will be leE to the company draEing the business plan to show that there is a need for this company in the market.

Mandatory Requirements

2. Applicant must be 18 or over
3. “Endorsement LeLer” from authorised body
4. Needs minimum qualifica6on of English language cer6ficate of level B2 or be from a country that is accepted as English speaking.
* Exceptions are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St KiLs and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA
5. Show bank statements of personal account with at least £945 in the account for 90 days
6. For each addi6onal dependant joining the applicant in the UK, the applicant must show addi6onal £630 per person available for maintenance
7. Tuberculosis test cer6ficate from a UKVI approved centre(if needed, request a list of the approved centres in each country from me)

Length of Visa

8. The visa will be granted for 2 years with NO OPTION TO EXTEND
9. At the end of the visa, the applicant has the op6on to switch to another visa, i.e. Innovator Visa or Investment Visa

AddiAonal points to note

10. Applicant can apply for his wife and kids to travel and live with him/her to the UK
11. Kids will be allowed to aLend state schools and colleges free of charge
12. Wife and Kids will have access to NHS treatment as this will be covered by the NHS Surcharge payment
13. Applicant and family members can take up employment (excep6ons: Doctor or Sportsperson)
14. Also can study with condi6ons of obtaining a ATAS cer6ficate (Discuss further if needed)

INVESTOR VISA

The Tier 1 (Investor) category is for high net worth individuals making a substan

Funds

1. At least £2,000,000 showing in a regulated bank account (Can be overseas)
- need to show money belongs to your spouse/partner
- money cannot be obtained via source which would be considered unlawful according to UK legisla on (Money Laundering Regulations)
- need to open a bank account in the UK with the intention of transferring the funds
- must invest at least £2,000,000 within 3 months of entering UK to gain an extension later on (unless you have extenuating circumstances)

English Language

2. No requirement to show any English language

Maintenance Funds

3. No requirement to show maintenance funds

Qualifying Investments

4. ANY OF THE FOLLOWING INVESTMENTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS A QAULIFYING INVESTMENT:
(a) an offshore company or trust, or investments that are held in offshore custody
(b) Open-ended investment companies, investment trust companies, investment syndicate companies or pooled investment vehicles
(c) Companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development (meaning in this context any investment or development of property to increase the value of the property with a view to earning a return either through rent or a future sale or both, or management of property for the purposes of renting it out or resale. The principle is that business income must be generated from the supply of goods and/or services and not derived from the increased value of property or any income generated through property, such as rent.),
(d) Deposits with a bank, building society or other enterprise whose normal course of business includes the acceptance of deposits,
(e) ISAs, premium bonds and saving certificates issued by National Savings and Investment (NS&I)
(f) Leveraged investment funds

Dependants

5. Spouse and children can join the applicant in the UK
6. Children will have access to state schools and colleges
7. Access to NHS is covered by the NHS fee

Length of Visa

8. Leave to remain will be granted for 3 years and 4 months

Extension

9. In order to extend your leave as a Tier 1 (Investor) migrant, you must show that you have invested not less than £2 million in the UK by way of share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.
10. Applicant must provide a series of investment porbolio reports produced by a UK regulated financial institution (Financial Advisor – FCA Registered)

Settlement

11. Applicant may apply for accelerated sedlement on the following routes based on investment amount:
- apply to sedle aeer 2 years if you invest £10 million
- apply to sedle aeer 3 years if you invest £5 million
- apply to sedle aeer 5 years if you invest £2 million
16. For sedlement application, all applicants over 18 will have to pass the Life in the UK test and hold certificate of level B1 at least

INNOVATOR VISA

Funds

1. £50,000 showing in a regulated bank for 90 days
- can be borrowed or from venture capitalists
- can be a gi@ from family
- need proof that money is readily available to be transferred to UK

Business Plan

2. Need a structured business plan which shows our client’s business idea to be innovaFng or meet market needs*
* No explanaFon given on what are market needs, this will be le@ to the company dra@ing the business plan to show that there is a need for this company in the market

Mandatory Requirements

3. Applicant must be 18 or over
4. “Endorsement LePer” from authorised body
5. Needs minimum qualificaFon of English language cerFficate of level B2 or be from a country that is accepted as English speaking*
* Exceptions are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St KiPs and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA
6. Show bank statements of personal account with at least £945 in the account for 90 days
7. Tuberculosis test cerFficate from a UKVI approved centre(if needed, request a list of the approved centres in each country from me)

Additional points to note

8. Applicant can apply for his wife and kids to travel and live with him/her to the UK
9. Kids will be allowed to aPend state schools and colleges free of charge
10. Wife and Kids will have access to NHS treatment as this will be covered by the NHS Surcharge payment
11. No access to state benefits for applicant or his family (unFl reach indefinite leave to remain status)
12. Applicant cannot work for someone else or open a ‘new’ business (without being endorsed)

Home Office recommended response time

13. Earliest you can apply is 3 months from your intended date of travel
14. The Home Office have provided themselves with a 3 week aim as a response time –
Please note client’s should be aware that there is no guarantee of a response within this time
15. There is an opFon to get a faster response which can cost anything between £500 to £1000

Visa Length

16. Visa will be valid for 3 years

Indefinite Leave To Remain – AGer 3 years

17. Need to show investment of the £50,000 in to his/her new company
18. Financial accounts to show tax return
19. Registered with HMRC and Companies House within 6 months
20. Endorsing bodies must also confirm in their endorsement lePer that an applicant has achieved at least 2 of the following:
• at least £50,000 has been invested into the business and acFvely spent furthering the business plan assessed in the applicant’s previous endorsement
• the number of the business’s customers has at least doubled within the most recent 3 years and is currently higher than the mean number of customers for other UK businesses offering comparable main products or services
• the business has engaged in significant research and development acFvity and has applied for intellectual property protecFon in the UK
• the business has generated a minimum annual revenue of £1 million in the last full year covered by its accounts
• the business is generaFng a minimum annual revenue of £500,000 in the last full year covered by its accounts, with at least £100,000 from exporFng overseas
• the business has created the equivalent of at least 10 full-Fme jobs for resident workers
• the business has created the equivalent of at least 5 full-Fme jobs for resident workers, which have an average salary of at least £25,000 a year (gross pay, excluding any expenses)

SOLE REPRESENTATIVE VISA

You can apply to come to the UK as a representa3ve of an overseas business with the inten3on to open a branch.

Mandatory Requirements

1. Employed by a company outside the UK, EU and EEA
2. Have the skills and experience to manage the branch
3. Hold a senior posi3on in the company you work for

Business Plan

4. Need a very well structured business planning outlining the company’s plans for their expansion into the UK market

Prove of Employment

5. LeFer from employer confirming applicant’s job role and inten3on to send applicant to set up a branch in the UK
6. Contract of Employment
7. Company Registra3on document (if available in the country of the business)
8. Minimum 6 months wage slips showing payment from employer company

English Language

9. Needs minimum qualifica3on of English language cer3ficate of level A1 or be from a country that is accepted as English speaking*
* Excep3ons are: An3gua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St KiFs and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

Dependants

10. Spouse and children can join the applicant in the UK 11. Children will have access to state schools and colleges
12. Access to NHS is covered by the NHS fee AddiLonal Points to Note
13. You cannot:
- Take employment anywhere other than manage the branch you have set up
- Stay in the UK if you lose your job with your employer or your employer company close down

Length of Visa

14. Visa will be granted for 3 years with an op3on to extend for a further 2 years

Extension

15. LeFer from Employer to confirm that the applicant is s3ll working for the company
16. Minimum 12 months statements to show wages received from overseas employer company
17. The applicant must show that they have established and are in charge of a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the overseas business for which they were issued with entry clearance to represent, which operates in the same type of ac3vity as the overseas business - they must show:
18 evidence they have generated business, principally with businesses in the UK, on behalf of their employer since entry to the UK: the evidence must be in the form of accounts, copies of invoices or leFers from firms who they have done business with, including indica3ons of the value of transac3ons
19 Companies House cer3ficate of registra3on as a UK establishment (for a branch)
20- Cer3ficate of incorpora3on (for a wholly-owned subsidiary) with either a copy of the share register or a leFer from the company’s accountants confirming that all shares are held by the overseas business

Setlement

21. Aber 5 years of Leave to Remain status, the applicant (and dependants) can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
22. The applicant must sa3sfy the following:
- has spent a con3nuous period of 5 years in the UK as a representa3ve of an overseas business
- has met the requirements of a representa3ve of an overseas business throughout the 5-year period: you must check they s3ll meet all the requirements - this includes:
• being employed throughout the period, for example by providing P60s for the last 5 years and pay slips for the last 3 months
• for sole representa3ves, evidence to show they have established a branch registered as a UK establishment or subsidiary and generated business: their employer must s3ll be ac3vely trading and remain centred overseas
- can produce a leFer from their employer which cer3fies they are s3ll needed to do the job they were first granted leave for
23. All applicants over 18 (including dependants) must pass the Life in the UK test and hold a minimum English language qualifica3on of B1 Level.

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