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Innovative immigration

Bernard Andonian outlines the progress of the Innovator Immigration Scheme

25 October 2002

On 25 July 2000 the Innovators Pilot Scheme was launched, providing a route of entry to the UK for self-employed entrepreneurs who lacked sufficient working capital of their own, yet were unlikely to be eligible for a work permit, because they had a 10 per cent plus shareholding in the venture. The scheme ran from 4 September 2000 for two years and brought more than 100 hi-tech people to the UK. It has now been extended indefinitely. Businesses have been set up in areas such as e-commerce, electronic share dealing and music industry technology. The scheme is open to anyone who wants to set up businesses in any sector, but is mainly aimed at specialists in hi-tech science and technology based sectors. A successful applicant therefore will usually have an entrepreneurial track record or evidence of potential and technical skills. The successful business proposal will aid the development of e-commerce and other new technologies in the UK. Key features Key features ...

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