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UK Start-Up Visa for Housewife

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I have always wanted my children to be more successful in life than I am. Therefore, I have relocated to the UK to give them the best education. Later, however, I started to think about my future and enrolled in a British university. After graduation, I felt ready to set up my own business. It could also allow me to stay in the UK after my children finished school. I made up my mind but did not know where to start. Imperial & Legal helped me find my way.

Liberta Meni, 44 years old
Housewife from Morocco, mother of three children
Clients’ names and photos have been changed

Liberta Meni has been a housewife for a long time and relocated to the United Kingdom to take care of her children who went to a UK school. She graduates from a UK university herself and wants to stay in the country even after her children complete their secondary education. Liberta contacts Imperial & Legal to apply for the most appropriate visa to achieve her goals.

Our Client

Liberta Meni is 44 years old. To give her three children European education, she left her home country Morocco and relocated to the UK. Though she had never worked and had always been a housewife, she wanted to stay in the UK after her children finished school. Liberta contacted Imperial & Legal to help her choose the most appropriate immigration route and apply for a visa.

Our advisors sat down to talk to Liberta; they found out that in the absence of work experience, she had a degree, academic knowledge, and, most importantly, a great desire to set up her own business.

Liberta did not have enough money to apply for a UK Innovator visa (minimum investment for this immigration route starts at £50,000), so our advisors suggested she apply for a UK Start-up visa instead. This visa aims at energetic entrepreneurs who cannot make an initial investment but rely on their innovative idea to generate profit and contribute to the UK economy.

The Challenge

To develop a business idea for the client and prepare all the necessary documents to apply for a UK Start-up visa.

The Solution

After several consultations, Imperial & Legal’s experts suggested that Liberta’s innovative project be developing an educational platform. The main idea was to create a learning environment for people. She loved it since she relocated to the UK for educational purposes too.

The start-up project developed by Imperial & Legal’s business team brought together modern technologies and traditional educational methods. The application would allow users to avoid searching for textbooks, paying for courses, and travelling to attend them. Market research confirmed that the proposed start-up could generate demand in the British market.

A UK Start-up visa has certain requirements for its applicants: they cannot have any other business in their home country or elsewhere. Liberta had no problem with that; she had always been a housewife and started thinking about her own business a year ago.

Imperial & Legal’s advisors were aware of all the requirements set by endorsing bodies for a UK Start-up visa, so they did their best to prove that the developed business idea was innovative, viable, and scalable.

Our experts explained to Liberta that an endorsing body valued its reputation and must ensure that an applicant was ready to spend a lot of time developing the start-up. For that reason, an endorsing body would be interested in how things were going even after the visa was issued. They said that six and twelve months after Liberta got her UK Start-up visa, she would have to report to the endorsing body on her achievements. 

An endorsement letter is not issued permanently. It can be revoked if an applicant fails to provide a satisfactory report on time.

When developing a business plan, Liberta came up with many innovative ideas but was not confident yet. That’s why our advisors organised several mock interviews with the client before the interview with the Home Office. We discussed the possible questions they might ask so that she got familiar with the procedure and would give confident answers in front of the Home Office officials.

Thanks to Imperial & Legal’s thorough work, Liberta got a UK Start-up visa without an interview four days after submitting an application despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Liberta Meni gets a UK Start-up visa in two months

8 August
A contact is made with Imperial & Legal
+3 weeks
A business plan is drafted
+2 weeks
Documents for the endorsing body are prepared
+1 day
An application is sent to the endorsing body
+1 week
An endorsement letter is granted
+1 day
Documents for a UK Start-up visa are submitted
+1 week
Biometrics is taken
6 October
Liberta gets her UK Start-up visa

The Conclusion

Even in the middle of the crisis, the United Kingdom welcomes foreign entrepreneurs and offers them favourable business conditions, including government support, a transparent business environment, and a favourable taxation regime. 

If an applicant meets the requirements, a UK Start-up visa is as easy to get as any other visa. Experienced immigration advisors will help you fill in an application and collect and prepare the necessary documents. Call us to book a consultation with our experts or leave a request on our website.

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