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The UK Start-up visa is for individuals who are new entrepreneurs and want to establish a business in the UK for the first time. You do not need to be a graduate or have secured any initial funding. However, you will need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been approved by an endorsing body.
What are Start-Up visa requirements
In order to qualify for a UK Start-up visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
You are at least 18 years old;
You have not previously established a business in the UK (unless you previously held leave as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur);
You have been endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body that has assessed your business idea for innovation, viability and scalability and is satisfied that you will spend the majority of your working time in the UK on developing your business venture;
Your endorsement letter was issued not more than 3 months before the date of your Start-up visa application;
You genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, any work or business activity in the UK stated in your application;
You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B2 (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking);
If you are outside the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months then you have at least £1270 to support yourself, plus £285 for a dependent partner, £315 for a first child and £200 for each additional child.
How long you can stay
Your initial UK Start-up visa will be valid for 2 years, unless you were previously granted leave as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, in which case you will be granted leave for a period that will take you to the maximum 2-year limit.
It is not possible to extend a UK Start-up visa and UK Start-up visa holders are not eligible for settlement. However, at the end of 2 years you will be able to apply for further leave to remain in the Innovator Visa category in order to continue developing your business.
The Innovator category can lead to settlement after a further 3 years.
Dependants of UK Start-Up visa applicants
UK Start-up visa applicants can bring their partner and any children under the age of 18 to the UK.
To discuss your UK Start-Up Visa application please contact our Start-Up route lawyers on +44 7513621625 or schedule consultation below.
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