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UK Startup Visa

The UK Startup Visa

The UK StartUp Visa is a immigration route for entrepreneurs who wish to establish an innovative business in the United Kingdom. It offers an opportunity for individuals with promising business ideas to contribute to the UK’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

How it works

UK Startup Visa Application Essentials

01

Benefits

  • Permission to stay in the UK for up to two years.
  • No restrictions on employment or outside investment.
  • Access to the UK’s entrepreneurial network, mentorship, and funding opportunities.
  • Pathway to the Innovator Visa and potential route to settlement.

02

Requirements

  • Have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea.
  • Secure an endorsement from an approved endorsing body.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • Have enough personal savings to support themselves in the UK.

03

Cost

The cost of the UK StartUp Visa includes the application fee, healthcare surcharge, and any additional costs related to document preparation and translation. The approximate cost is around £363 for the application fee and £624 per year for the healthcare surcharge.

04

Process

  • Develop an innovative business idea.
  • Secure an endorsement from an approved endorsing body.
  • Prepare the necessary supporting documents.
  • Submit an online application to the UK Visas and Immigration.

05

How to apply

  • Gather the required documents, including a business plan and endorsement letter.
  • Create an online account on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
  • Complete the application form, paying attention to accuracy and completeness.
  • Pay the application fee and healthcare surcharge.
  • Submit your application online and book an appointment at a visa application center for biometrics.

FAQs

Can I switch to the UK Startup Visa from another visa category?

  • Yes, you may be able to switch to the UK Startup Visa if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Do I need to have previous business experience to apply for the StartUp Visa?

  • While previous business experience is beneficial, it is not a strict requirement for the UK Startup Visa.

How long can I stay in the UK on the StartUp Visa?

  • The StartUp Visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to two years.

Can my family members join me in the UK Startup Visa?

  • Unfortunately, family members cannot accompany you on the UK Startup Visa. They would need to apply separately for their own visa.

Is there an age limit for the Start-Up Visa?

  • There is no specific age limit for the Start-Up Visa. Applicants of all ages can apply.

Can I work for someone else while on the Start-Up Visa?

  • The Start-Up Visa does not restrict your employment options. You can work for someone else or be self-employed

Can I apply for an extension of the Start-Up Visa?

  • No, the Start-Up Visa is not extendable. However, you may be able to switch to the Innovator Visa after successfully establishing your business.

Can I apply for an extension of the Start-Up Visa?

  • No, the Start-Up Visa is not extendable. However, you may be able to switch to the Innovator Visa after successfully establishing your business.

Can I apply for settlement in the UK with the StartUp Visa?

  • The UK Startup Visa does not lead directly to settlement. However, it can be a pathway to the Innovator Visa, which has settlement options.

Is it mandatory to have an endorsement from a UK endorsing body?

  • Yes, an endorsement from an approved endorsing body is a mandatory requirement for the Start-Up Visa.

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