Home Office is ‘wrong’ over visas - Nicolas Rollason quoted in The Times

4 June 2021

Nicolas Rollason, Partner, and Head of Department in our Immigration team has been quoted in The Times discussing the latest rules around visas. Experts claim that the post-Brexit rules threaten to hinder the UK’s economic recovery and need urgent reform so that entrepreneurs from the EU can more easily launch businesses on this side of the Channel.

About the Innovator visa, Nick said:

It has a low number of applicants and needs a major overhaul.

The idea of having someone other than the Home Office review and endorse applicants with strong business plans for starting and growing a viable business in the UK is a good one.

It is disappointing to see the Home Office reverting back to its old ways, showing a lack of trust in the endorsing bodies and undermining their decisions to endorse applicants by then interviewing and trying to trip the visa applicants themselves.

Nick added:

An example of how the scheme could be improved, Rollason says, would be to allow investors to buy UK infrastructure bonds, which could boost the government’s so-called levelling-up agenda. He adds that it would also be helpful if residence rules for family members were liberalised because the regulations are viewed as one of the main reasons for such a low uptake of the visa.  Rollason makes a suggestion that doubtless will cause tremors in Whitehall — that the Home Office is not the best arbiter of business immigration applications.

This article was first published in The Times. You can read the article in full by clicking here.


If you have any questions or concerns about the content covered in this blog, please contact Nicolas Rollason or a member of the Immigration team.



Nick Rollason is a partner and head of Business Immigration.  He advises on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in providing strategic advice to businesses on their global immigration needs.

Recognised as "very experienced, knowledgeable and highly diligent' (Legal 500), Nick has over 25 years’ experience in advising corporations and individuals, providing strategic advice on UK and global immigration and citizenship solutions and often advising in the most complex of cases. Nick is a recognised expert in EU immigration law and has litigated key test cases before the European Court of Justice.


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