UK visas and migration

There are a range of visa options for investors and businesses looking to expand to the UK.

Last updated 05 March 2020

The Start-up visa and Innovator visa support entrepreneurs who wish to come to the UK with an innovative, viable and scalable business idea.

The Global Talent visa is for those who are skilled in science, engineering, technology, fashion or the arts.

The Representative of an Overseas Business visa enables foreign businesses to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK.

Other visa options include the general work visa for skilled workers and the intra-company transfer visa for overseas employers who have been offered a role in a UK branch.

Check if you need a visa

The visa you may need depends on:

  • your skills and qualifications
  • if you have a job offer
  • if you want to bring your family with you
  • what you’ll be doing

If you want to visit the UK on a short-term basis for business reasons, a visitor visa might be the best visa for you.

Find out which visa you may need

New points-based immigration system

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021 to attract the brightest and best talent from around the world. The latest information can be found on the new immigration system guidance page. You can also sign up to the mailing list to receive updates.

Transition period

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period. There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021.

EU citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.