UK New Start Up Visa

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UK New Start Up Visa

The UK Start Up visa is aimed at ambitious entrepreneurs looking to set up their first business in the UK. Replacing the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa, the Start Up route is open to both graduates and non-graduates, and no initial funding is needed to be eligible.

The UK Start Up Visa opened to new applications on 29th March 2019. Aimed at aspiring and ambitious non-EEA national entrepreneurs looking to set up business in the UK, the new route will see applicants and their business ideas vetted by an approved industry body against set criteria, with no requirement to have initial capital investment.

What is the UK Start Up Visa? 

The Start Up Visa offers an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to start their career by pursuing a business idea in Britain that will bring wider benefit to the UK economy.

The visa is available for a maximum of two years, after which point the visa holder will either have to apply to switch to another visa category, such as the Innovator visa, where they can continue to develop their business.

The visa will only be open to those who have secured appropriate endorsement by authorized higher education institutions and business organizations listed by UK government. You can find a list at bottom of this page.

Duration of Start Up Visa:

Start up visa will be issued for maximum two years. It is not extendable however, it can be converted into New Innovator visa for business development. Innovator visa will be issued for three years.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • bring family members with you
  • switch to this visa from some other visa categories
  • work in another job, as well as working for your business

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • work as a professional sportsperson, for example a sports coach

settle in the UK on this visa

Eligibility for Start Up visa:

Before you apply you need to have your business or business idea assessed by an approved body. They will provide you with an endorsement letter if your business is viable.

You must also:

  • 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 £945 in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply)

English Language Ability:

You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

You can prove your knowledge of English by either:

  • passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B2 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Generally Ielts from 5.5 to 6.5 bands can be an equivalent to CEFR level B2.
  • having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognized by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve already proved it to be level B2 or above in an earlier successful application.

Exceptions of Language:

You will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

How to Apply for New Start up Visa:

First of all you need to prepare a business plan you want to set up in UK. You have to send your business idea to authorized Higher Education Institution or Business Organization listed by UK Government. List of these institutions is given below. However, you can download details by UK Government official website.

Once You have secured endorsement or approval from authorized bodies, you can apply for UK start Up Visa online at official UK Visa Application Portal. Same as other visas, you have to fill online visa application form and pay fee. After that you will be able to take print of visa application and appointment at Visa application center like VFS global to submit required documents.

Visa Processing Time:

Once visa application has been submitted online and at visa application center, a decision on submitted visa application will be made within three weeks.

Visa Fees:

363 Pounds if you apply from outside UK.

493 Pounds if you apply inside UK for visa conversion.

363 Pounds For each dependent outside UK.

493 Pounds for each dependent inside UK.

List of Endorsing Authorities for UK Start up Visa:

Business endorsing bodies

  • The Bakery
  • Seed Camp
  • Invest Northern Ireland
  • Zinc
  • Deep Science Ventures
  • Wayra
  • Ignite
  • Bethnal Green Ventures
  • Codebase
  • Capital Enterprise
  • Cylon
  • Tech X
  • Seed Haus’
  • Med City
  • Scottish Edge
  • Royal Society Edinburgh
  • Tech Nation
  • NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Accelerator
  • Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator
  • Set Squared Bristol
  • Set Squared Exeter
  • Set Squared Southampton
  • Set Squared Surrey

Higher Education Institutions endorsing bodies

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP University Limited
  • Brunel University London
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Contemporary Dance Trust
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • De Montfort University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Falmouth University
  • Florida State University International Programs Association UK
  • Girne American University Canterbury
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Arts University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Business School
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Ravensbourne University London
  • Regent’s University London
  • Roehampton University
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • Solent University
  • Swansea University
  • Teesside University
  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • The Robert Gordon University
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • The University of Buckingham
  • The University of Cambridge
  • The University of Northampton
  • The University of Salford
  • The University Of Sheffield
  • The University of West London
  • University College London
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Durham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire Higher Education Corporation
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of the West of England
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Ulster
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Carmarthen Campus
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of York
  • York St John University

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