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Most frequent questions and answers

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

You can apply for Priority Service if it is available in your country. There is a cost to get a quicker decision – this depends on each individual visa application centre.
• Priority Service: Collection within 5 working days
• Super Priority Service: Collection within 24 hours

The Innovator Visa is valid for three years, whether you arrive in the UK on this visa or apply for a visa switch from within the UK. Thereafter you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

You can switch to the Innovator Visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and are currently in the UK on one of the following visas:
• Start-up Visa
• Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa
• Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa
• Any Tier 2 Visa
• Standard Visitor Visa – if you came to the UK to get funding and had a supporting letter from an endorsing body 

You must switch to this visa before your current visa expires.