The Scale-up Worker visa allows eligible highly skilled employees to come to the UK to work in an eligible role for a fast growing UK business (a “scale-up” business).
Unlike other sponsored visas, the Scale-up visa allows businesses to employ high-skilled individuals who will receive 2 years’ leave to remain in the UK without requiring further sponsorship or permission beyond the first 6 months.
To be an eligible business sponsor under this route a business must be approved by the Home Office. They must also:
UKVI will define a “recognised UK scale up”.
Yes. You need to be sponsored by a recognised UK Scale-up business to be eligible for a Scale-up visa.
To be eligible for a Scale-up visa you must:
You must also be able to speak, read, write and understand English and you will need to prove your ability to do this when you apply.
Further information on eligible jobs and minimum salaries can be found here.
When applying for a Scale-up visa you will need to be able to:
A Scale up visa is initially granted for 2 years. After this period you will need to apply to extend your visa if you want to remain in the UK.
When you apply to extend your Scale-up visa this it will be extended for a further 3 year period (if eligible). This can be done as many times as you like as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Yes. After 5 years in the UK you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain/settlement in the UK. If your application is successful you will have the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like.
With a Scale-up visa you can:
Under the Scale Up visa route you must be employed by your sponsor for an initial six month period. After this initial six months you are able to change employer or even be self-employed.
You are not able to:
Further restrictions and information on what you can and can’t do under a Scale-up visa will be given to you if your application is successful.
Yes. If eligible your partner and children will be able to join you in the UK as your dependant.
Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.
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