DAILY COURIER |
‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja – The United Kingdom has said that foreign nationals can now apply for its scale-up visa, with effect from August 22.
The UK Government in a statement issued on Monday by the Minister of Safe and Legal Migration, Kevin Foster, said the Scale-up visa would avail “UK’s top high-growth businesses greater flexibility and power to entice talents from anywhere in the world”
The new Visa is a route for foreign talents who have been sponsored by a scale-up company in the UK and who have the skills needed to enable the growth of scale-up businesses.
The professions eligible for the scale-up visa include “scientists, engineers, programmers, software developers, research and development professionals, economists, architects, technicians, financial and investment advisers”.
Unlike other sponsored visas, the scale-up visa allows businesses to employ high-skilled individuals who will receive two years’ leave to remain in the UK without requiring further sponsorship or permission beyond the first six months.
“UK businesses experiencing impressive success will be eligible to sponsor talented individuals, from scientists and engineers to architects and programmers, to support their growth and contribute to boosting the UK’s economy.
Unlike other sponsored visas, the Scale-up visa allows businesses to employ high-skilled individuals who will receive 2 years’ leave to remain in the UK without requiring further sponsorship or permission beyond the first 6 months.
According Foster, the new visa will “further enhance the government’s overall offer to businesses through the points-basedadvisersq0tion system to hire eligible employees from anywhere in the world. The Scale-up visa will give them greater flexibility to hire, often in-demand, talent they need so they can go to the next level, while boosting the UK’s high-skilled pool.
“Rapidly growing businesses, like small enterprises, tech and financial services, need the right level of support to go to the next level. Through our Scale-up visa, we’re enabling businesses to focus on their growth and innovation by giving them more freedom to bring in the diverse skills and experience they need, making them more attractive on an international stages.