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Start-up Visa

The start-up visa category is specifically for people outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who wish to set up a business within the United Kingdom. There are a few eligibility requirements that you must fulfil and you will need to have an innovative and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body.

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for a start-up visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visa and Immigration that:

1. You are at least 18 years old.

2. You have not previously established a business in the UK (unless you previously held leave as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur).

3. Meet the English language requirement.


4. Be able to prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK.

5. You have at least £945 available to support yourself (£360 per each dependent) without relying on public funds.


How long does it take to get a VISA?

A: It can take up to 3 weeks to get a decision. You must apply 3 months before you travel.

How long can I stay?

A: You can stay in the UK for 2 years on a start-up VISA, however you can not apply to extend this VISA.

What happens if my endorsement is withdrawn?

A: If your endorsement is withdrawn then your VISA may be cut short. However, if you intend to stay for the remainder of your 2 years then you must apply for a new endorsement before your current VISA expires. You can only stay for a total of 2 years even if you’re granted a new VISA with a new endorsement.

You can:

· Bring family members with you.

· Switch to this VISA from some other VISA categories

· Work in another job, as well as working for your business.

You cannot:

· Get public funds.

· Work as doctor or dentist in training.

· Work as a professional sportsperson, for example a sports coach.

· Settle in the UK on this VISA.