Innovator Visa Services

The UK launched its Innovator visa on 29 March 2019. It replaces the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, and is different in a number of significant ways. The key points are as follows:

  • 3 year grant of leave, with option to apply for ILR after this if criteria are met
  • Aimed at more experienced business people seeking to establish a business in the UK
  • Applicants must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea
  • The idea needs endorsement by an endorsing body
  • Need to show £50,000 funding available to invest in the business

Everything you need to know about applying for an Innovator visa is set out in our 'How to' guide.

Innovator visa: you do the ideas,
we'll do the law

We have a lot of experience providing services to entrepreneurs and overseas nationals looking to start-up in the UK. Below are some reviews we have received for the services provided:

Innovator visas: our service and expertise

Our Innovator expertise

Our Innovator service

 Nick Nason, principal at Edgewater Legal has worked in immigration law for over 10 years and regularly advises entrepreneurs seeking to enter or remain in the UK.  

A thought-leader in the field, Nick sits on the Lexis Nexis Immigration Experts panel, and regularly writes about UK immigration issues, including the immigration routes for entrepreneurs, for a leading immigration law website. He has been interviewed by both the Guardian and the i Newspaper for comment in immigration cases, and has appeared in Private Eye

As a founder himself, Nick particularly enjoys advising and assisting applicants in this route, and feels well-qualified to do so. 
  • Face to face meetings/telephone conferences as desired
  • Detailed letter of advice and guidance on the route, and what is required
  • Detailed scrutiny of supporting documents prior to submission to endorsing body, including business plan
  • Collation and preparation of the application on a shared drive
  • Very high level of client responsiveness including contact by email, phone or other means
  • Drafting of a covering letter to be sent with application
  • Preparation for interviews (if required)
  • Liaising with Home Office and endorsing body decision-makers
  • Advice and guidance on rights and responsibilities once the visa is granted, in preparation for future extension and/or settlement applications