New start-up and innovator visas encourage entrepreneurs to the UK
The Government has introduced two new visa routes for entrepreneurs.
The start-up visa, this visa is for those wishing to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. The start-up visa is an expanded version of the Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur visa, which allowed universities to endorse international students.
The innovator visa, this visa is for more experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. With some exceptions, applicants will also have funding to invest in their business.
The key requirement under both these categories is that individuals will need to obtain an endorsement from a relevant body. These bodies will include: UK higher education institutions which meet specific requirements, and organisations with a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs. Such bodies will need to be approved by the Home Office.
If you would like any information or assistance with these visas please contact Leena Chouhan.
Is there a post-brexit solution for farm workers?
The issues in relation to retaining agricultural workers surmising rotting fruit mountains have been widely reported by the media. Talk of the new schemes, quotas and sponsor licences are incredibly confusing. We have demystified some of the rhetoric.
Start-up visas for tech companies – what’s all the hype about?
During this year’s London Tech Week, a new visa route aimed at the tech industry was announced. The Start Up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and feedback from the tech sector.
Farm labour shortage addressed – but is it enough?
Last week the government announced a new nationwide pilot scheme for seasonal agricultural workers from outside EEA countries to come and work in the UK. The scheme is aimed at alleviating the chronic shortage of workers in the farming industry following Brexit. Workers will be allowed to stay for up to 6 months before returning home.
Windrush day – what really happens at Home Office appointments?
We recently attended an appointment at the Home Office with one of our Windrush clients who has been considerably affected by the Government’s immigration policy. We have been supporting this client for a number of years, whilst he tackled job loss and homelessness, after losing his passport with his Indefinite Leave to Remain stamp.
GDPR and Immigration Exemptions
In a few weeks, data protection rules across Europe will experience their biggest change in the last 20 years. On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Bill 29017 (that incorporates provisions of GDPR) will come into force in the UK. It will change how businesses and public sector organisations can handle the information of their customers.
A brief examination of new Government plans to help Windrush families
The Government has published new guidance for undocumented Commonwealth citizens, Amber Rudd has resigned and Sajid Javid has been appointed the new Home Secretary, but will these policy changes and grand gestures actually help Windrush children?
Windrush generation- Are you affected?
So, Theresa May has finally apologised to many Commonwealth citizens whose families were invited to come to build a broken Britain between 1948 â€“ 1971. Yet decades their children face prohibition on employment, access to healthcare and housing, and in some cases removal from the only country they consider to be home.
UK government sends message to Windrush children: We don’t want you
The 22nd June this year marks the 70th anniversary of the docking of a ship that sailed from the Caribbean to the UK. This ship, the SS Empire Windrush and has subsequently become a powerful and iconic symbol of UK migration.