United Kingdom

Innovator Founder Visa

The UK offers a path to permanent residency (ILR) and citizenship for qualified entrepreneurs who set up and run a new UK-based business deemed “innovative, viable, and scalable.”

This visa stands out for its lack of a specific investment requirement and short processing time. You may fund the business yourself or have it funded by a third-party.

You may set up one or several businesses, and you can work in your own business but also outside of it. 


Program at a glance

Program TypeActive Investor Visa
Time to citizenship6 years
Time to permanent residency3 years
Minimum investmentNot specified, but budget must be considered viable
Physical presence requirement183 days per year
Application processing time2-3 weeks
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to186 destinations, including Schengen countries and the US
Contribution types availableBusiness Investment

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