Invest in the UK and Gain Residency & Citizenship

In the current economic and political climate, the UK is keener than ever to attract new entrepreneurs and innovators. InvestWise UK offers a fully comprehensive service ranging from providing information, to company formation, setting up offices as well as help with running the company.

Getting UK residency as an innovator

Innovator visa

The innovator visa route is an active programme designed for experienced businesspersons seeking to establish a business in the UK.

To apply for this visa, you will need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea that is approved and supported by a registered endorsing body in the UK.

You must have a genuine and original business idea that meets new or existing market needs, and demonstrate evidence of structured planning, e.g., by providing a business plan.

The applicant must also provide a CV to show that they have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience, and market awareness to successfully run the business.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs


  • For this visa type, applicants must have an endorsement from one of the UKVI approved endorsing bodies.
  • You cannot join a business that is already trading, you will need to start a new business.
  • The business idea should be innovative - you must have an original business idea which is different from anything else on the market
  • The business idea should be viable, with potential for growth.
  • You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English
  • You must hold a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • Applicants need to demonstrate that they have either invested or have available at least £50,000 to invest in their new business.
  • Applicants need to be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have held at least £1,270 in your bank account for at least 28 days

The processing time for an innovator visa is 8 weeks if made from the UK, and 3 weeks if you are outside the UK. You will need to make your visa application within 90 days of receiving your endorsement letter. Visa initially granted for 3 years, after which point it can be extended for a further 3 years.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs

UK residency as a graduate entrepreneur

The Start-up visa is for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time. This visa category gives a great deal of flexibility; it allows a successful applicant the option to take employment alongside developing their business. An applicant must be endorsed by an endorsing body, who will also have contact point meetings with the business after six and 12 months to assess progress against the original business plan.

The Student Start-up visa is valid for 2 years, and It is not possible to extend further under the Start-up visa, but towards the expiry of the initial 2 years you may consider switching to the Innovator visa.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs


  • To apply for a Start-up Visa you must have your business idea endorsed by an authorised body, which is either a UK higher education institution or a business organisation which has a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs, who will provide you with an endorsement letter if your business is viable.
  • There are no investment funds required for the Student Start-up visa category, but depending on the type of business, an applicant may be expected to have access to funds, or plans to raise funds in the future in order to meet the viability and scalability criteria.
  • You must be at least 18 years old, and you must also meet the English language requirement
  • You must show that you have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea, and you will need to be ready to launch your business as soon as your visa is approved.
  • You will need to have a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • You must be a recent graduate of a UK university, and you can apply up to 12 months after your graduation date
  • You must have over 51% of shares in the future company or, if applying as a part of a team of two, have 50% of shares each in the future company.
  • You cannot apply for this visa if you have previously established a business in the UK.

How we can help

Company formation and management

InvestWise will help you incorporate your company, provide you with a registered address, office addresses, arrange office space for your business, and introduce you to an accountant to provide accounting and tax advice, Payroll, VAT and Corporation Tax registration services. If you need to appoint nominee shareholders, you can add that to your order. If you need to appoint nominee directors, please call us before ordering.

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Business Plans and CV writing

For the Innovator and Student Start-up visas, we can assist you with writing a detailed, convincing business plan and CV to support your application for endorsement. We can help you identify endorsing bodies that are able to endorse plans in almost all industry sectors.

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