Start-up Visa in UK

Before you apply you need to have your business or business idea assessed by an endorsing body.

They will provide you with an endorsement letter if your business is viable. You can apply for a Start-up visa if:

  • you want to set up an innovative business in the UK – it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market
  • be at least 18 years old
  • meet the English language requirement
  • be able to prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK

You need to have had 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.

Eligibility

You must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either:

  • a UK higher education institution
  • a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs

You must be able to show that your business idea is:

  • a new idea – you cannot join in a business that is already trading
  • innovative – you must have an original business idea which is different from anything else on the market
  • viable – it has potential for growth

How you apply depends on whether you’re:

Documents you'll need to apply

When you apply you need to provide an ‘endorsement letter’ to show that an endorsing body has assessed your business.

You’ll also need to provide:

  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • bank statements showing you’ve had at least £1270 in savings in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply
  • proof that you meet theEnglish language requirement
  • yourtuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.

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