The new Start-up visa route opened to new applicants at the end of March 2019 and is a successor of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. If you are looking to establish a new business in the UK, our team are specialists at assisting clients through the application process.
The Start-up visa sits alongside the UK’s new Innovator Visa and has common requirements with that route, requiring an individual to establish that they have a business idea that is innovative, viable and scalable and you must:
Applicants who are already in the UK with the following visa categories can switch to Start up visa from inside the UK:
For applicants applying from outside the UK, you must pay £363.00 towards the application fee. For any dependants using with you, there is an additional fee of £363.00 per dependent. However, if you are transferring into this category from inside the UK, you must pay £493.00 for yourself and each dependent.
In addition to the Home Office fee, an Immigration Health Surcharge fee is payable towards your two years of the grant of leave in the UK.
The Start-up visa is granted for a maximum of 2 years and cannot be extended. After 24 months, you must demonstrate enough progress to meet the requirements of the UK Innovator Visa; if not, you can apply for the UK Innovator Visa with any other idea that meets the requirements.
An applicant can also switch to an alternative visa and can ultimately secure settlement in the UK if they meet the Home Office criteria for Indefinite Leave to Remain. We provide our clients with a one-stop business immigration service and work with other consultants and advisors as required to ensure your visa application is successful.
We provide our clients with a one-stop business immigration service and work with other consultants and advisors as required to ensure your visa application is successful.
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