What is a start-up visa?
If you would like to set up a business in the UK, you are able to apply for a start up visa. However, you must be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and meet the requirements below.
What are the requirements?
In order to apply for the start-up visa in the UK you must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either:
You must be able to show that your business idea is:
You must also be:
There are many endorsing bodies and you should only approach ones that are suitable for your business idea. The endorsing body will provide you with an endorsement letter if your business is viable
How long does it take to get a visa?
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
What are the Home Office fees?
How much you pay for a start-up visa depends on your situation and where you apply from. However, if you are applying for outside the UK it would cost £363. If you are a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia it would cost £308 and the cost for dependants would be £363 each.
You will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
How long can I stay?
You can stay in the UK for 2 years on a Start-up visa. You cannot apply to extend this visa.
What happens if your endorsement is withdrawn?
If your endorsement is withdrawn, your visa may be cut short. If you want to stay longer, you must re-apply with a new endorsement before your current visa expires.
You can only stay for a total of 2 years even if you are granted a new visa with a new endorsement.
Mandatory documents that you must provide
You must provide the following documents. However additional documents may need to be provided depending on your circumstances:
When you apply you need to provide an ‘endorsement letter’ from an authorised body.
You will also need to provide:
You will need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
What can you do in the UK, if your application is successful?
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