Before you make any of the following applications as an innovator migrant, you will need to apply and obtain an endorsement letter from the UKVI approved endorsement body for innovator visa:

Approved Endorsement Body

An organisation can only issue an endorsement if it is on the UKVI list of approved endorsement bodies. If you have been offered an endorsement by an organisation that is not on the list, you can report it at https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime.

The relevant endorsement body will assess your business idea and also carry out the credibility assessment so that the Home Office UKVI do not have to assess your credibility at teh visa application stage.

New Business Endorsement

The endorsement letter from an approved endorsing body must provide all of the following information:

  • the name of endorsing body
  • the endorsement reference number
  • the date of issue (which must be no earlier than 3 months before the date of application)
  • the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality and passport number
  • a short description of the applicant’s business venture and the products or services it provides (or will provide) to its customers
  • the name and contact details of an individual at the endorsing body who can verify the contents of the letter to the Home Office
  • the applicant’s business venture is innovative, viable and scalable in accordance with the rules set out in part W6 of Appendix W
  • the endorsing body is reasonably satisfied that the applicant will spend their entire working time in the UK on developing business ventures

An applicant endorsed for a new business may apply for entry clearance as an innovator migrant. An applicant is considered to be endorsed for a new business when either:

  • the applicant is making an initial application for the Innovator route and they have not been previously endorsed in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Start up visa routes for the same business;
  • the applicant is making an extension application where the business now being pursued is different from the one which they were endorsed for in their last grant of leave.

Same Business Endorsement

The applicant must provide an Endorsement letter for a same business application which must confirm:

  • the name of endorsing body
  • the endorsement reference number
  • the date of issue (which must be no earlier than 3 months before the date of application)
  • the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality and passport number
  • a short description of the applicant’s business venture and the products or services it provides (or will provide) to its customers
  • the name and contact details of an individual at the endorsing body who can verify the contents of the letter to the Home Office
  • the applicant has shown significant achievements judged against the business plan assessed in their previous endorsement
  • the applicant’s business is registered with Companies House and the applicant is listed as a director or member of that business
  • the business is active and trading
  • the business appears to be sustainable for at least the following 12 months based on its assets and expected income, weighted against its current and planned expenses
  • the applicant has demonstrated an active key role in the day to day management and development of the business
  • the endorsing body is reasonably satisfied that the applicant will continue to spend their entire working time in the UK on developing business ventures

An applicant must meet the following requirements in order to be granted entry clearance or leave to remain as an Innovator who has been endorsed for a business that is the same as a business relied upon in a prior application.

A business should be considered under a same business endorsement application if both of the following apply:

  • the applicant’s last grant of leave was in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Start-up or Innovator categories
  • the applicant is pursuing the same business venture that was assessed in the endorsement which led to that grant of leave

The same business requirement is always determined on the basis of the business being endorsed rather than the body making the endorsement.

An applicant endorsed for the same business may apply for entry clearance or leave to remain. It is possible to make a same business application from overseas if the applicant has previously held leave as an Innovator or as a Start-up migrant.

Settlement Endorsement To Apply For ILR As An Innovator Migrant

Where an applicant is making an application for settlement they must provide an endorsement letter which must confirm all of the following:

  • the name of endorsing body
  • the endorsement reference number
  • the date of issue (which must be no earlier than 3 months before the date of application)
  • the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality and passport number
  • a short description of the applicant’s business venture and the products or services it provides (or will provide) to its customers
  • the name and contact details of an individual at the endorsing body who can verify the contents of the letter to the Home Office
  • the applicant has shown significant achievements judged against the business plan assessed in their previous endorsement
  • the applicant’s business is registered with Companies House and the applicant is listed as a director or member of that business
    • the business is active and trading
  • the business appears to be sustainable for at least the following 12 months based on its assets and expected income, weighted against its current and planned expenses
  • the applicant has demonstrated an active key role in the day to day management and development of the business
  • the applicant’s business venture meets at least two of the settlement success criteria

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Endorsement Letter For Innovator Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for endorsement letter for Innovator Visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration solicitors. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration solicitors in London or Manchester in relation to your application for endorsement letter for innovator visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

How We Can Help With Your Application For Endorsement Letter For Innovator Visa?

We can legally represent you in your entry clearance application for endorsement letter for innovator visa and carry out all the work until decision is made by relevant Home Office UKVI approved endorsement body. The immigration caseworker to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing the chances of success in your application for endorsement letter from the relevant approved endorsement body;
  • Discussing the business idea with you in detail and advising you the weaknesses and strengths of the business idea if it is a new business or the achievements of the business if it is an existing business;
  • Advising you on the business plan and referring you to a suitably qualified person to prepare a business plan for your new business;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application for endorsement letter;
  • assessing your documentary evidence and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application;
  • completing an online application form to apply for endorsement letter from the UKVI approved endorsement body;
  • preparing a cover letter explaining in detail how all the relevant requirements for the grant of endorsement letter; and
  • doing all the follow-up work on your endorsement letter application until a decision is received from the approved ednorsement body.

Our Fee For An Application For Endorsement Letter

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,500 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for an endorsement letter. The VAT will not be applicable where the applicant is based outside the UK. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid before the submission  of your application for endorsement letter.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the relevant endorsement body on your application for endorsement letter. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, application fee, etc.

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