UK launches new ‘start-up’ visa for entrepreneurs

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Silicon: The UK has launched a new “start-up” visa for entrepreneurs, in response to criticism from the tech sector over the effects of its restrictive immigration policies.

Launched during London Tech Week, the new visas are to become available from spring of next year and replace a system designed exclusively for graduates.

The move aims to attract more entrepreneurs, following criticism of immigration restrictions from the UK’s tech industry.

They are designed to widen the applicant pool of entrepreneurs and make the visa process “faster and smoother” for business founders coming to the UK.

The visas require applicants to have an endorsement from a university or approved business sponsor, such as an accelerator.


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