The Start Up Visa is for new entrepreneurs who want to develop a business idea in the UK. The business must promise a wider benefit to the UK economy.
The visa is open to both graduates and non-graduates from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). No initial funding is necessary.
The business idea must be:
Crucially, the entrepreneur must first secure endorsement from an authorised endorsing body - either a university or approved sponsor. Once this is secured, the next step is to apply to the Home Office for a Start-Up visa.
The maximum time on this visa is 2 years. The entrepreneur will then need to switch to an 'Innovator' visa if they wish to further develop the business. The 'Innovator' visa can lead to 'settlement' or indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Your application will be assessed to ensure it is genuine. You will be asked to show that you have a genuine intention to start up the business and that you are capable of doing so. If you already have investment funds, you must show they are genuine.
You must also show that you:
We can help you decide if this is the right route for you and whether you are eligible. We will help you identify the right endorsement body and we can take on the whole application process once you have endorsement. All we need from you is information and documents. We work on a fixed fee basis so there is a clear price for our work. We do not work on hourly rates.
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The two stage application process is:
No. But you must have an endorsement from an approved body.
Yes - you can 'switch' to a Start Up Visa from all other types of permission except if you are here as a visitor, short term student, the parent of a child student, a seasonal worker or someone who is here on human rights grounds.
You can apply to switch to an 'Innovator' visa. After a further 3 years on the Innovator visa you can apply to settle in the UK - this is indefinite leave to remain which allows you to live permanently in the UK without immigration restrictions. The Start Up visa does not lead to permanent residence.
Yes, you can bring your partner and children. You will need increased maintenance funds if they come with you.