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Visas for Tech companies

Supported by both private and public funding, the UK is a tech hub acting as the bridge between Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.  However, as with moving into any market unwanted challenges can appear. A lack of understanding of the available options, time and knowledge seriously jeopardise the success of a business moving into the UK. Often, unsuccessful applications cause unwanted stress and slow down the ability of a company to maintain its advantage in a rapidly growing market. Contact our lawyers today on 0207 118 4546 or via info@westkin.com and take the first step towards the UK market.

Through providing our clients with creative solutions and options, our expertise can help keep your competitive edge and we get our clients the results they want. Our efficient, bespoke services allow our clients to focus on their business whilst we do the rest. We believe in offering our clients a complete understanding of their options and guiding them through the process from initial application to achieving the outcome they desire.

On this page you will find a brief overview of some of the visa categories that can be of assistance to companies and individuals within the tech industry who are planning to do business in the UK. Having worked closely with start-ups, new ventures and global entrepreneurs our experience means that we have the knowledge and tools in place to help your business reach its full potential. To understand your options contact us today on 0207 118 4546 or via info@westkin.com

What are the visas options for Tech Companies?

Tier 2 Visa (General)

The Tier 2 visa (general) category is the main working visa option for most non-EEA nationals who wish to work in the UK.

  • The Tier 2 (sponsorship licence) for companies who wish to employ and non-EEA skilled national. Before a company employs a foreign national they must have a sponsorship licence.
  • Tier 2 (General) visa. Within this visa there are range of subcategories
    • Tier 2 Minister of Religion
    • Tier 2 Sports Persons
    • Tier 2 Intra – Company Transfers (allow a Tier 2 licensed employer to transfer and recruit staff from companies that they have links to abroad)
    • Tier 2 General sponsored workers

Once the company has obtained a sponsorship licence the applicant must demonstrate, among other criteria, that they:

  • Have a job offer from a company that has a licence
  • That the applicant will be provided with a sponsoring certificate
  • Their qualifications
  • Their level of English
  • Meet the salary requirements

Our experts can assist you with each stage of the application be it an application for a licence or assisting you in employing overseas staff saving you time, stress and allowing you to fully focus on your business.

Overseas Representative Visa

This is visa category allows a sole representative of an established company (that is not present or operating in the UK) to travel to the UK and set up a presence in the form of a branch or subsidiary. On this visa the senior representative of the company can conduct business, open offices and act as the sole representative of the company. This is a desirable option for those those who wish to move into the UK market and establish a presence within. The main requirements of the visa are:

  • That the company must be genuine
  • The representative holds a senior position and has all decision making abilities
  • That the budget allocation is fitting for expansion into the UK
  • That the majority of the company’s operations should take place outside of the UK

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is for foreign nationals who wish to either take over and existing business or set up a business in the UK. There are four key requirements to the visa:

  • Access to £200,000 that can be held in regulated banks both inside and out of the UK
  • Meeting the English language requirements. However, depending of the applicant’s country of origin evidence of English language may not be required
  • Maintenance funds. The applicant must prove that they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and any dependents who will be joining them in the UK
  • Passing the Genuine Entrepreneur Test. Evidence includes the submitting of business plans, academic and business experience and, among other requirements, the source and credibility of the investment funds.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

If you have been recognised as a leader or emerging leader in the field of digital technology you can apply for this visa. There are 1,000 visas allocated between the arts and sciences yearly and, as such, it can be a difficult route to qualify through. Some of the requirements are as follows:

  • You must have a proven track record of innovation working for a digital technology sector as director or founder or employee of a digital technology sector company; or
  • You have proof of recognition for work outside of your immediate occupation that has contributed to the advancement of the sector
  • You have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contribution in the digital technology sector as either a director, founder or employee of a digital technology company
  • You have been recognised as a world leading talent in the digital technology sector
  • You have undergone continuous learning/mastery of new digital skills (commercial or technical) throughout your career
  • You have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions through research.

Westkin Associates offer comprehensive advice and assistance to companies of all sizes. Our dedicated teams provide you with all the information you need to achieve your business goals. 

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