We welcome innovators – until they apply for visas

Aug 11, 2019 · https://www.thetimes.co.uk

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New entry rules are shutting out foreign founders rather than bringing them in to boost a post-Brexit Britain.

Growing up in Johannesburg in the early 1990s, Kimberley Wu felt like the "token Asian in a primary school of 1,000". Her family had emigrated from Taiwan when she was three, settling in South Africa as it emerged from apartheid. "As an immigrant you grow a skin and learn to toughen up pretty fast," she said.

That resilience has been put to the test since she moved to Britain two years ago. At first, she worked as a nanny for a Russian family in Chiswick, west London. It was never her true calling: Wu has degrees in zoology and international business, and six years’ experience as a retail buyer. She dreamt of starting her own business.

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