UK Startup Visa

Step into the world of entrepreneurship in the UK with the Start-Up Visa, designed for innovative minds ready to establish their business vision. Our team at UK Immigration Solicitors is here to guide you through each step of your Start-Up Visa application.

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Introduction to the UK Start-Up Visa

The UK Start-Up Visa is a unique pathway for new entrepreneurs who aspire to establish a business in the UK for the first time. This visa category is particularly appealing to those who might not have a graduate degree or secured initial funding but have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea. From 13 April 2023, the Start-up Visa route remains open only to those who already hold a valid Start-up endorsement issued before this date. Post 13 July 2023, the route will close for new applications, directing aspiring entrepreneurs towards the Innovator Founder Visa or possibly a Skilled Worker visa via self-sponsorship.

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Suitability for the Start-Up Visa

The Start-Up visa is tailored for early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs planning to start a business in the UK for the first time. This category is not suitable for joining an already trading business, with specific exceptions for those already on certain visa categories like the Start-Up or Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) categories, or under the Tier 4 doctorate extension scheme.

Requirements for a Start-Up Visa

To be eligible, applicants must:

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Investment Funds and Endorsement Criteria

No specific investment funds are required, but practical viability and scalability might necessitate funds. Endorsing bodies evaluate business ideas based on innovation, viability, and scalability, and applicants must spend the majority of their working time in the UK developing these ventures.

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Applying for a Start-Up Visa

Applications can be made from outside the UK or through switching from certain categories within the UK, provided the individual does not have, or was not last granted, permission in specific categories like Visitor or Short-term Student.

Validity Period and Transition to ILR

The Start-Up visa is valid for 2 years and doesn’t lead directly to settlement (ILR). However, holders may switch to the Innovator visa category and potentially qualify for ILR after an additional 3 years.

Family Members

Partners and children under 18 can accompany or join the primary applicant in the UK as dependents

Assistance with Start-Up Visa Applications

For expert guidance and support for your UK Start-Up Visa applications, UK Immigration Solicitors, offers professional and friendly service. Our team of experienced immigration barristers is ready to assist you in all aspects of your application, from drafting a compliant business plan to preparing for a credibility assessment interview and applying for an extension of stay as an Innovator.

For further details and to get in touch with them for your Start-Up Visa application, you can visit their website: UK Immigration Solicitors, Or call your dedicated Solicitor at 020 384 4389

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must not have previously established a business in the UK, unless you held leave as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.
  • You need an endorsement from an approved UK endorsing body for your business idea, confirming it’s innovative, viable, and scalable.
  • Your endorsement letter should be issued within 3 months before your visa application.
  • You must be competent in English to at least CEFR Level B2 level.
  • You need to have at least £1,270 in savings for maintenance.
  • Check if you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Create a unique business plan.
  • Contact an endorsing body and secure their approval.
  • Start your visa application on the Home Office’s official website, submit your documents, and confirm your identity.
  • The decision usually takes about three weeks.
You should demonstrate having at least £1,270 in savings for 28 days before applying. No additional financial capacity proof is required.
Yes, your partner and children under the age of 18 can join you in the UK as dependents.
The Start-Up Visa is valid for 2 years and cannot be extended. It does not directly lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). However, you can apply to switch to the UK Innovator Visa at the end of the two-year term.
A comprehensive business plan should outline your business goals, strategies, market analysis, product/service details, marketing and sales strategy, operations and management information, and financial projections

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