19 Aug 2020

Meet our Spring 2020 teams: Nation.better

By Will Spurr

Meet Nation.better – the team automating and streamlining the visa sponsorship process in the UK.



The Founder

After experiencing first-hand the bureaucratic travails of migrating to the UK for a consultancy job, Larisa Budaeva created Nation.better, a lawtech startup that streamlines the British immigration process.


What’s the problem being solved? 

The immigration process is inefficient, low-tech and high-cost. Often companies and individuals have to work with expensive immigration lawyers and agencies to secure a visa. With Britain leaving the EU, the complexity and scale of the issue is likely to grow. This leaves would-be migrants vulnerable to being uprooted, paying far more than they need to or missing out on opportunities.


How does it work? 

The Home Office requirements for potential migrants are complex by design. Nation.better automatically translates the Home Office requirements to simply set out the documentation and data that each candidate, or sponsor, needs to provide. The process, centering the complex needs of migrants, is as automated and efficient as possible. 

For comparison, the standard cost of becoming a visa sponsor is between £2,500 and £5,000 in advisory fees. Nation.better brings this cost down to £350. 


How are they getting on? 

Larisa and the team are hard at work developing the product. Their focus at the moment is incorporating machine learning processes – specifically Natural Language Programming (NLP) –  that can keep track of the rapidly-changing migration law. They want to be able to immediately reflect legal changes onto their platform. 

They continue to test their platform with users, running pilots and get everything for their public launch. 


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