UK Introduces 4 New Visa Categories to Attract Immigrants

Are you considering immigrating to the United Kingdom? Learn about the visa routes that can make your dream a reality. Explore the UK Innovator Founder Visa, Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visit, UK Expansion Worker Visa, and the Global Talent Visa. Find the best option suited to your skills and aspirations.
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The United Kingdom is a popular destination for immigrants, alongside the United States. However, obtaining a UK visa has traditionally been challenging due to strict immigration rules.

In recent years, though, several avenues have opened up, including inviting foreign skilled workers and offering alternative visa routes for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and startups.

UK New Visa Categories

1. UK Innovator Founder Visa

The UK government introduced the UK Innovator Founder Visa in April, replacing the previous Innovator and Start-up visas. This visa category offers numerous benefits, including no minimum investment requirement, reduced check-ins with endorsing bodies, permission for secondary employment, and a direct path to UK settlement.

To qualify, applicants must have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea that they have either generated or significantly contributed to. Once approved, applicants can come to the UK to implement their business plans and work for the established business.

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Validity:

Initially, a three-year permission is granted, after which applicants can apply for indefinite leave to remain. Dependents of the innovative founder can also join them in the UK.

How to Apply:

Applicants must obtain an endorsement letter from an authorized body, which is then submitted with the online application and required documentation. The application fee for the Innovator Founder route is £1036, and applicants must also pay the immigration health surcharge.

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2. Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visit

The PPE Visit visa is specifically designed for professionals and experts seeking to visit the UK temporarily for engagements within their field. This visa is commonly used by individuals in professions such as artists, entertainers, musicians, sportspersons, examiners, lecturers, and lawyers.

Validity:

This visa grants access for up to a month and is suitable for individuals aged 18 and above.

How to Apply:

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To be eligible, applicants must have a pre-arranged permitted paid engagement supported by a formal invitation from a UK-based organization or client in their area of expertise. It is crucial that applicants do not engage in prohibited activities and have sufficient funds to cover their visit expenses without relying on employment or public funds. The current application fee for a PPE Visit visa stands at £100.

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3. UK Expansion Worker

The UK Expansion Worker visa, part of the Global Business Mobility (GBM) visa program, replaces the Sole Representative Visa. It allows employees of established overseas businesses to come to the UK and establish their first branch or subsidiary.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and employed by the overseas business, which will fully own the subsidiary being established. Generally, applicants should have worked for the business for a minimum period, with certain exceptions. This visa can only be utilized if the subsidiary hasn’t commenced trading in the UK.

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Validity:

The UK Expansion Worker visa is granted for 12 months after the start date of the job on the sponsorship certificate or 14 days after the end date of that job, whichever is shorter. The maximum time an individual can stay in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years.

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4. Global Talent Visa

The Global Talent visa is designed for individuals classified as leaders or potential leaders in academia or research, culture, and digital technology.

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It caters to professionals at various stages of their careers in fields such as science, engineering, technology, medicine, art, and humanities, without the need for a job offer. This visa category replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa in 2020.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet several requirements and, unless they hold an international prize like a Nobel prize, they need to be endorsed by one of six bodies based in the UK.

Global Talent visa holders can work for an employer, be self-employed, or become a director of a company within the field for which they have been endorsed. Studying is also permitted, subject to conditions. Qualifying dependents can accompany Global Talent visa holders.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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