UK Start Up Visa
Start-up Visa applicants do not officially need any funds to invest in their business. However, to achieve endorsement, the requirement to have a viable and scalable business plan means that you likely need to have funds available to invest.
Some endorsing bodies may require a level of funding as a condition of endorsement.
The Home Office has published a list of authorised endorsing bodies for Start-up Visa applications. This list contains links to websites of each endorsing body and, where available, details of their application process and endorsement criteria.
The endorsement is the first step of the application process. The Home Office will also consider other eligibility factors and may request further information or call you for an interview.
Yes, but your endorsing body will need to be satisfied that you are continuing to work on your business venture and have demonstrated reasonable progress in relation to your business idea.
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:
• 3 weeks if applying from outside the UK
• 8 weeks, if you’re applying to switch visas from inside the UK.
The Start-up Visa is valid for a maximum of two years. You will have to apply to switch to another visa category once the two year period draws to an end to continue to develop your
The Innovator Visa is intended to be the appropriate route after the initial period as a Start Up visa holder.
You can switch to the Start-up Visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and are currently in the UK on one of the following visas:
- Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
- Skilled Worker Visa
- Intra-company Visa
- Student Visa
- Standard Visitor Visa – if you came to the UK to get funding and already had a supporting letter from an endorsing body
You must switch to this visa before your current visa expires.