UK Scale-up Visa: Apply from Canada

The scale-up visa allows talented and highly skilled foreign nationals recruited by a UK scale-up sponsor to travel and work in the UK for 2 or 3 years.

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    Scale-Up Visa

    Scale-up visa is a UK worker visa that allows highly skilled foreign nationals to travel and work for UK scale-up businesses and to help them continue growing. The scale-up visa is one of the UK visa routes to settlement in the UK.

    The scale-up visa allows exempted from the immigration skill charge, and visa holders are allowed to travel with their dependants, i.e., spouse and dependent children.

    Before applying for the scale-up visa, you must have qualified for a highly-skilled job offer that qualifies as a scale-up business at the required salary level. There are sponsored and unsponsored application options for the Scale-up Visa route.

    Applicants who have once been issued permission to work as a scale-up worker in the UK are the only ones who can apply for an unsponsored application.

    Scale-up workers may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The continuous residence period can also include time spent in the Skilled Worker, Global Talent, innovator, T2 Minister of Religion, International Sportsperson visa, Representative of an Overseas Business, or Tier 1 categories (excluding Graduate Entrepreneur).

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    Who Can Apply for the New Scale-Up Visa UK?

    A scale-Up visa work allows foreign nationals who are highly skilled to travel and work for a UK qualifying Scale-Up business.

    A valid Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK employer is required for the applicants. Although the full qualifying requirements for the Scale-Up visa for the UK have not yet been released, they will be in due time before the program’s official debut.

    The UK Scale-Up visa can be available to persons who meet the following requirements:

    • High levels of skills or exceptional academic standing
    • An offer of a highly skilled position with a UK company that satisfies the requirements for a Scale-Up company
    • A valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer
    • An annual salary of at least £36,300
    • Sufficient English language proficiency

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      Requirements for a Scale-up Visa – Sponsored Application

      To be eligible for the scale-up visa, you must be able to convince the UK Visas and Immigration that you meet the following requirements through a Sponsored Application:

      • You are 18 years and above.
      • You have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your UK sponsor or employer for the job you intend to do.
      • Your employer has been endorsed by an approved endorsing body or is an eligible fast-growing business.
        • To be an eligible fast-growing business, in the 3 year period before they were given approval to sponsor foreign workers, they must have grown by 20% on average in each year in either employment or total sales and had at least 10 employees at the start of the 3 year period.
      • The job you are planning to do is genuine.
      • The job you intend to do is at an appropriate skill level.
      • You’ll be working in your sponsored job for at least 6 months.
      • Your salary will be equal to or exceed both £36,300 per year or the going rate for your position.
      • You are proficient in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1, or IELTS 4.0.
      • You have enough money to cover your living expenses in the UK without relying on public funds.
      • You have provided a valid TB certificate if required.

      Scale-up Visa Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) Requirement for a Sponsored Application

      You need a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the position you want to apply for to be eligible for a Scale-up Visa through a Sponsored Application.

      The Home Office must have authorized your employer to sponsor a Scale-up Worker for your Certificate of Sponsorship to have been issued.

      Your employer must show that, during the past three years, either staffing levels or turnover increased by at least 20% annually to qualify as a Scale-up Sponsor.

      The company must have employed at least 10 people at the beginning of the three-year term. On the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors, your sponsor must be classified as A-rated.

      Your Scale-up Visa Sponsored Application must have been submitted no more than three months after issuing your Certificate of Sponsorship. However, your Certificate of Sponsorship must include the following information:

      • Details of your name, job, and salary.
      • Confirmation that you are expected to work for your Sponsor for at least six months.
      • A start date that is no more than three months after the date of your Scale-up Worker Visa application.
      • Verification that the sponsor hasn’t withdrawn the certificate of sponsorship or had the Home Office cancel it after using it in a prior application that was either approved or rejected.

      Scale-up Visa Salary Requirement for a Sponsored Application

      If you are applying for a Scale-up Visa through a Sponsored Application, your income for the position you are being sponsored for must meet or exceed £36,300 per year or the “going rate” for the position as specified in the applicable occupation code.

      Salary evaluations are based on guaranteed basic gross pay for work up to 48 hours per week; additional compensation or benefits are not included.

      The indicated going rates will be based on a 37.5-hour work week and must be modified for various working schedules.

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        Scale-up Visa Financial Requirement for all Scale-up Applications

        You must have sufficient cash funds totalling at least £1,270 to be eligible for a Scale-up Visa (via either a Sponsored or Unsponsored Application). Before submitting your Scale-up Visa application, you must have kept the funds for at least 28 days in a row, ending no more than 31 days earlier.

        You will be excluded from the financial criterion if your sponsor agrees to cover your maintenance expenses until the end of the first month of your job of at least £1,270. This must be verified by your sponsor on your Certificate of Sponsorship. You won’t need to provide proof of money if you are seeking permission to stay in the UK and have had permission to be there for at least a year at the time of application.

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          The UK Scale Up Visa Application Process

          Before travelling to the UK, the applicant must apply for and receive entry clearance and have received 70 points as stated by the UK visa and immigration.

          There are application processes and steps you need to follow when applying for a scale-up visa. However, you need to read the Home Office’s application guidelines before starting your application process to avoid mistakes that can lead to visa refusal. To apply for this visa, you need to follow these steps.

          Step 1: Apply online through the Gov.uk website under the “Settle in the UK in various immigration categories: form SET(O)”.

          Step 2: Submit all your supporting documents

          Step 3: Fill in all the requested information, provide answers as instructed, and submit your application.

          Required Documents for the Scale-Up Visa

          You will have to provide a range of supporting documents with your Scale-up visa application. These may include (but not be limited to) the following:

          • Your certificate of sponsorship reference number
          • Proof of your knowledge of English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Note that if you are a Canadian citizen, you will be exempt from this requirement. However, if you are not a Canadian citizen or a citizen of another exempt country, proof can include:
            • Evidence of passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT)
            • Having a UK school qualification
            • Having proof of a degree that was taught in English
          • A valid passport or other official identity document
          • Information about your job title and annual salary
          • Your job’s occupation code
          • The name of your employer and their sponsor licence number
          • Evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK
          • Proof of your relationship with your partner or children if they’re coming with you to the UK

          Cost and Processing Times

          The Scale-up visa costs £822 to apply for.

          Each of your dependents will also have to pay this fee.

          You must also pay the immigration healthcare surcharge while you’re in the UK. This is £1,035 a year for applicants over 18, and £776 a year for those who are under 18.

          If you’re applying from outside the UK, it normally takes up to 3 weeks to process your Scale-up visa application. If you’re applying from inside the UK, it will take up to around 8 weeks.

          Extending Your Scale-Up Visa

          Overview

          You will normally be able to extend your Scale-up visa as long as the following are true:

          • You worked in the job on your initial certificate of sponsorship for at least 6 months
          • You met the official earnings requirements during at least half of your stay

          The official earning requirement depends on your last certificate of sponsorship (CoS) was issued. This is due to changes in the earnings requirements across 2023 and 2024.

          If Your CoS was Issued On or After 12 April 2024

          You must show that you have earned a salary equating to £36,300 per annum for at least half of your most recent period of leave with a Scale-up visa.

          If you need to, you can include salaries from more than one job if you earned a monthly salary of at least at least £36,300 per year in each job.

          If you had more than one job at the same time, you will only be able to count the highest salary towards this requirement.

          If Your CoS was Issued On or After 12 April 2023 and Before 4 April 2024

          You must show that you have earned a salary equating to £34,600 per annum for at least half of your most recent period of leave with a Scale-up visa.

          If you need to, you can include earnings from more than one job, as long as you:

          • Earned a monthly salary equivalent to at least £34,600 per year in each job you include in your application
          • Only include the highest salary if you had more than one job at a time

          If Your CoS was Issued On or Before 11 April 2023

          You must show that you have earned a salary equating to £33,000 per annum for at least half of your most recent period of leave with a Scale-up visa.

          If you need to, you can include earnings from more than one job, as long as you:

          • Earned a monthly salary equivalent to at least £33,000 per year in each job you include in your application
          • Only include the highest salary if you had more than one job at a time

          How can Total Law help?

          Total Law’s excellent immigration lawyers are vastly experienced in dealing with the UK scale-up visa application and provide advice and support to make your application process smooth.

          Our professional immigration lawyers will help you determine that you meet the eligibility criteria for a UK scale-up visa. They will advise you detailedly on which supporting documentation you should have. In addition, years of experience with this process have made us aware of the common mistakes that applicant make that causes application refusal.

          Therefore, we will help you avoid these errors to ensure that your application is consistent and readily accepted. If you’ve had a previous refusal, Total Law can help you file an appeal or walk you through the re-application process to ensure you get accepted. So contact us today at +1 844 290 6312 to start your journey toward a successful UK visa application.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Yes. You can travel with your partner or spouse and dependent children under 18 years on a scale-up visa. However, they need to apply separately and provide their financial requirements to be eligible to join you in the UK.

                    If you are approved for a scale-up visa through the sponsored application process, you will be given entry clearance or permission to remain for two years. If you apply for a Scale-up Visa without a sponsor, you will be given entry clearance or permission to stay for three years.