Start-up Visa

Start-up Visa

The new start-up visa is for individuals who seek to set up their own businesses in the UK for the first time. The government introduced this visa type as a replacement of the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa on 29th March 2019.

If you want to make an initial application under the Start-up visa route, you need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea supported by an authorised endorsing body. This route is initially granted for a 2-year period and settlement is impossible under this route. However, you may progress into the Innovator Visa route after 2-year leave to remain.

Key Points
  • Route for starting a new business in the UK for the first time
  • An innovative, viable and scalable business idea
  • Maintenance and English language requirements 
  • Maximum 2 years granted, switching to the Innovator visa is possible
  • Possible to apply as an entrepreneurial team
  • No investment funds needed on this route
  • Must be 18-year old or above
  • Can bring family

 What are the endorsement criteria?

A business plan is essential for the endorsement application, also other supporting documentation. You need to meet the innovative, viable and scalable business venturn requirements as follows:

  • the business plan must be genuine and original.  The plan must meet new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage.
  • the business plan is realistic and achievable based on applicant’s available resources.
  • the applicant’s has, or is actively developing the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business.
  • there is evidence of structured planning, and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets.

Please note that the applicant must not have previously established a business in the UK which commerced trading.


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Latest update: July 2021