Start-up Visa

Who is Start-up visa for

The Start-up visa route is for early-stage, but high potential, entrepreneurs seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been assessed and supported by an Home Office approved endorsing body.

Application process

There is a two-stage process for this visa. The first stage of the process involves getting endorsed, and the second stage is to apply for a visa.

Requirements of Start-up visa

You must be able to demonstrate that you:

  • are at least 18 years old on the date of application,
  • genuinely intend to set up business in the UK,
  • have been issued a letter of endorsement from a Home Office approved endorsing body within 3 months,
  • have not previously established a business in the UK,
  • meet the English language requirement to a level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • meet the Maintenance requirement – i.e. you have at least £1270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply, or if you’ve been in the UK for less than a year and applying to switch to this visa
  • provide a tuberculosis test result if you’re from a country where you have to take the test.

Getting endorsed

The criterion for endorsement is that you must be setting up a new business in the UK, which is innovative, viable and scalable, with the ultimate aim that the business has the potential to become fully integrated and a contributing part of the UK economy. Endorsement shows that you and your business has the support of leading business organisations or higher education providers.

How long you can stay

A successful application leads to a grant of a maximum 2-year visa. Leave previously held in the legacy Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route counts towards the maximum 2-year limit.  At the end of 2 years, a Start-up visa can be switched to an Innovator visa.

Switching to a Start-up visa

If you are in the UK, you can apply to switch to a Start-up visa unless you are on any of the following routes: Visitor, Short-term student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic worker in a private household, or Outside the Immigration Rules.

Extending Start-up visa

You cannot apply to extend this visa.

Family members

With a Start-up visa, you can bring with you as your dependants:

  • your spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • children under 18
  • children over 18 may also qualify if they’re currently in the UK as your dependant.

Our fixed fees for individual Start-up application range from £2500 to £6000 plus VAT and disbursements. Disbursements include Home Office / Visa fees, Immigration Health Surcharge fees, biometrics enrolment fees, optional premium appointments, translations, courier and postage etc.

 Contact Start-up visa Lawyers London
At Karir, we have a wealth of expertise in successfully assisting clients to secure their visa. For expert advice and assistance with a Start-up visa application, contact us.



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