start up visa

A start-up visa is the ideal visa route for applicants who want to set up an innovative business in the UK.

In order to be eligible for this visa, the following must be demonstrated:

  1. You must be 18 years old or older.
  2. You must meet the English language requirement.
  3. You must be able to prove you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK.
  4. You must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either a UK higher education institution or a business organisation who has supported UK entrepreneurs.
  5. You must be able to show that your business idea is new, innovative and viable.

 

Under this visa route you can stay in the UK for a duration of 2 years if you have either come to the UK on a start up visa or if you have switched to this visa category from another visa whilst in the UK.

If you wish to stay longer in the UK, you may be able to switch to an Innovator Visa if you have set up a business whilst you were on a Start-up visa and your endorsing body has agreed to it.

Applying from inside the UK

If you are applying from outside the UK, once you have provided your identity and provided your documents, you will usually get a decision within 3 weeks.

 

Applying from inside the UK

If you are applying from inside the UK, you will get a decision within 8 weeks of your application date.

The amount you pay for a Start up visa depends on your situation and where you are applying from. If you are applying for yourself, outside the UK is £363 and inside the UK is £493. If you are applying for your Partner and Children, outside the UK is £363 per person and inside the UK is £493 per person.

DO

  • Make sure you meet the English language requirement.
  • Make sure you pay the correct application fee.
  • Make sure you are aware of the limitations of this visa route.

DON’T

  • Do not underestimate the complexity of this application.
  • Do not forget to prepare the correct evidence you need.
  • Do not forget a detailed cover letter to accompany your application.
  • Do not forget to check if you need a Tuberculosis test result certificate.

If you are not eligible for a Start Up Visa, you may still be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK. Get in touch with our immigration lawyers today for a free consultation to help you decide the best visa route for you. Our team have expert knowledge in these applications and can guide you correctly to ensure a positive result. At Kalsi Solicitors, we have no desire to provide dishonest advice – if we do not feel your application will be successful, we will tell you and help you find another route.

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