15 September, 2022
The Scale-up route opened for applications on 22 August 2022 and is unlike other sponsored visas that have been introduced previously. A Scale-up worker visa allows applicants to travel to or remain in the UK to do an eligible job for a fast-growing UK business, also referred to as a 'Scale-up business'. Through utilisation of these new changes, high-growth UK businesses will have greater flexibility to attract talented individuals from around the globe, all with the premise of supporting their growth, boosting the economy, and expanding the UK's high-skilled workforce.
Once the licence is approved, businesses will be able to issue certificates of sponsorship to applicants provided that the role on offer is eligible for sponsorship (skilled to graduate level or above) and pays the required salary level.
Applicants looking to apply under this route must:
Initial permission for a Scale-up visa will be granted for a period of two years. However, unlike other sponsored immigration routes, the Scale-up visa will only require individuals to be sponsored for the first six months on this route. After this period, the individual can change roles and employers without needing to make a subsequent application within the two years they have been issued.
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Pros for businesses:
Cons for businesses:
Our specialist immigration team have expert knowledge and experience of the UK Visas and Immigration system and work with organisations who employ foreign nationals from all over the world. If you are an individual or a business looking to utilise these new changes, please contact Amy Stokes.
For more information contact Amy Stokes in our Business Immigration department via email or phone on 0333 207 1157. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
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