Business Start Up Visa

The Start-up visa is essentially for new entrepreneurs who want to start up a new business in the UK. In order to set up the business, you do not need to be a graduate from university or have any initial funding. But you will need to show an innovative business idea which has been approved by an endorsing body.

A Start-up visa is fundamentally a one-off visa and is valid for a duration of 2 years. However, this visa category does not enable a person to settle in the UK. In addition, Start-up vias holders can extend their stay under the Innovator visa category and will be able to qualify for a ILR three years later. An applicant for a Start-up visa is

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Who Can Apply For The Start-Up Visa?

This category is available for potential entrepreneurs who are ready to start their own business in the UK. This means that the applicants for this visa have not started setting up their business, which also means that they have not started trading in the UK. There are two exceptions for this:
  1. If the applicant has been granted leave under the Start-up or Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category; or
  2. If the applicant has been granted leave under the Tier 4 doctorate extension scheme

In addition, there are also other alternatives that a person can consider instead of the Start-up visa category. For an experienced business individual who wants to set-up a business in the UK then the Innovator visa may be more appropriate. Moreover, for a person who wants to invest in an already trading business then the Tier 1 Investor visa route would be suitable. That person who is a senior employee of an overseas business and wants to establish a commercial presence in the UK may wish to consider the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa. If a person wants to join an already trading business, then the Skilled Worker visa would be a good choice for them.

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What Are The Requirements For A Start-Up Visa?

For a person to be entitled to a Start-up visa they will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • You have to be at least 18 years of age.
  • You will need to show that your letter of endorsement was not issued more than 3 months before the date of your Start-up visa application
  • You will need to prove that you have not previously established a business in the UK (an exception applies if you have leave under a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category)
  • You have been endorsed by an approved endorsing body in the UK which has looked at your business concept for innovation, viability and scalability and is also assured that you will spend the majority of your time in working to develop your business venture in the UK.
  • You show a genuine intention to undertake, and are able of undertaking, any business activity in the UK
  • You show competence in the English language at the minimum of CEFR Level B2 (this is equivalent to the IELTS 5.5 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking)
  • You can financially support yourself. This means that you have at the minimum £1270 if you are outside of the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months, plus £285 for a dependent partner, for having one child you will have £315 and £200 for each additional child you may have.

We recommend speaking to an Immigration lawyer for expert advice in regard to the requirements that you will need to satisfy. This is because, the requirements are not the same for every person but would depend on the conditions of your individual case.

You can discuss your UK Start-up visa application with one of our expert Immigration Solicitors on 0207 100 2525

The Investment Funds Requirements For A Start-Up Visa Application

An applicant for a Start-up visa will not be required to have any funds to invest into their business. In addition, an applicant just needs to show that they have a ‘viable’ and ‘scalable’ business idea. Therefore, this does mean you will need to have funds available so that you will be able to invest into your business. It is possible that some endorsing bodies will require you to have a specific level of funding.

What Are The Endorsement Criteria For A Start-Up Visa?

There are three requirements that you must ensure that your business idea satisfies, the requirements are outlined below:

  1. Innovation: means that you have an original plan which meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage.
  2. Viability: You can show that you have, or you are actively developing the necessary skills knowledge, market awareness and experience to run a business successfully
  3. Scalability: The business plan you have made, has the potential to create jobs and growth into national markets.
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