A New Scale-Up Visa in the U.K. in Spring 2022
First declared in the spring 2021 Budget, this latest visa route will allow eligible, fast-growing businesses to hire high-skilled international workers. It is part of the government’s attempt to draw skilled professionals to the United Kingdom.
The visa will be admissible to candidates who:
Pass the required language proficiency
Hold a high-skilled job offer from an acceptable business (a scale-up), including a salary of at least £33,000
Scale-ups will be allowed to apply to use the Scale-Up visa route via the fast-track verification method if they can confirm:
Annual average revenue or employment growth rate above three years, and more than 20%.
A minimum of ten employees at the beginning of these three years.
The United Kingdom government may also examine whether scale-ups that can confirm an expectation of strong growth in the coming years could qualify after a review.
Applicants who receive a Scale-Up visa will be allowed to extend their visa and settle in the U.K., subject to meeting specific requirements. The government will release further information in 2022.