UK Self Sponsorship

What is Self-Sponsorship?

A business path to permanent UK residency

Self-Sponsorship refers to an application to come and work in the UK for your own business without the need of having a UK Sponsor. This can lead to permanent residency and British citizenship for yourself and your family.

Who is this for?

If you are a successful businessperson, and you have identified a business opportunity in the UK, OR you have a great business idea and want to explore your business opportunity in the UK,

  • You want to own the UK business
  • You want to lead, manage and maintain your UK business
  • You want to live without fear of losing your UK visa (i.e. sense of freedom)

Then this route could suit you.

Who would qualify?

Self-Sponsorship is open to anyone who satisfies all of the following:

  1. Has experience OR skills OR qualification(s) within the area of the business they want to establish
  2. Has a business idea or has identified a pre-existing UK business to takeover
  3. Has adequate resources to support their proposed business in the UK
    1. Please note, there is no minimum or maximum investment required for your business venture. It depends on your business need and may range from £25,000 or more.
  4. Ideally, has a person who is settled in the UK or a British citizen to take on the responsibilities of the Authorising Officer, and
  5. Has the ability to sit and pass an approved English language test at Level B1*
    1. *Please note, this is a basic level of the English language requirement.

What business would qualify for Self-Sponsorship?

Any business can qualify for the self-sponsorship route

How is the Self-sponsorship route better?

The Self Sponsorship method may be the best approach to work and live in The UK if you want to start a business there or extend your present foreign operation to The UK. It is crucial to remember that there isn’t a real “Self Sponsorship Visa,” it is only a way to enter The UK under the Skilled Worker Visa category.Visit our partners,shoes – leaders in fashionable footwear!

The Self Sponsorship Visa will enable you to establish a UK company that will sponsor your entry and employment in The UK (with the assistance of a UK resident Director). You can own shares in the business and there is no minimum investment requirement, unlike the Innovator Visa.

One of the most significant benefits of self-sponsorship is that it enables business owners to run and manage their companies in The United Kingdom without worrying about their visas being revoked.

This visa option is best for seasoned businesspeople or someone who has researched The UK market and seen a chance to launch a new company here. In order for the Company to sponsor you, you must first get a Sponsor Licence.


A total of 1,311,731 UK visas were granted in 2021, and the skilled worker visa route that was established in late 2020 accounted for 148,240 or 62% of all work-related visas issued and 98% of all skilled labour grants in 2021.

Meanwhile, there are currently 33 UK organisations that offer endorsements, of which only a small number of the Innovator endorsing bodies currently accept open applications. Many of them have very limited information about their process that is publicly accessible, and many of them only accept applications from individuals who are already a part of their organisation.

As a result, the category is effectively closed to the vast majority of potential applicants. Some certifying organisations have admitted that they are either not prepared, do not have the necessary documents, or are not yet ready to begin accepting applications for endorsement. Before this path was established, the Home Office provided the majority of endorsing bodies with minimal instruction regarding their responsibilities. The visa path provides the impression of a lack of planning and preparation on the part of the traveller.

Eligibility criteria for the Self-sponsorship route

Anyone who satisfies the qualifications below are eligible for self-sponsorship:

  • The applicant should possess some knowledge, skill, or qualification in the industry where they want to launch their firm.
  • The candidate must have a business concept or have found an existing company in The UK that they want to grow.
  • The applicant must possess the financial resources to run their desired company in The UK
  • Please note that there is no minimum or maximum investment amount that must be made in your business endeavour. Depending on your company’s demands, it might go as high as £25,000.
  • The applicant is familiar with a British national who is a resident of The UK and can fulfil the duties of the Authorising Officer.
  • The applicant must take and pass the Level B1 certified English language test.
  • Basic knowledge of the English language is required.

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