The Home Office issued a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules which are due to take place on 29 March 2019.

Included in the statement is the creation of the new Start-up visa and Innovator visa. The new categories will replace the current Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) routes. 

Central to the new categories will be an endorsement of the applicants by a UK trusted body. This is a welcome change to the current system as business proposals will be assessed by experts rather than a civil servant at the Home Office. 

Successful applicants will include those with business ideas which are innovative, viable and scalable.