United Kingdom

Startup and Innovator Visas

The UK offers a path to permanent residency (ILR) and citizenship for qualified entrepreneurs who wish to start or invest in a new UK-based business through its Startup and Innovator visas. 

The visas stand out for their surmountable investment requirements and short processing time.

Both types of visa are in the Active Investor category because they mandate hands-on business involvement from the applicant. Those looking for a passive-investment route to UK residency should consider the UK Investor Visa.

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Program at a glance

Program TypeActive Investor Visa
Time to citizenship6 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentNone for Startup, GBP 50,000 for Innovator
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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Active Investor Visas

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