UK Startup Visa

United Kingdom
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Non-EEA and Switzerland nationals who want to want to set up a business in the UK and are endorsed by an authorized body can apply for a Startup visa.

You can apply if you are endorsed by an authorized body that is either:

  • a UK higher education institution.

  • a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs.

You can stay in the UK for 2 years on a Start-up visa.

You cannot apply to extend this visa.

If your endorsement is withdrawn:

Your visa may be cut short if your endorsement is withdrawn. 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’re granted a new visa with a new endorsement.

You can bring your spouse and kids with you.
You can work in another job, as well as working for your business.
You can switch to this visa from some other visa categories.

The United Kingdom is in the process to depart from the EU, the UK government has created this 'Startup Visa' for foreigners including EU Citizens. This Startup visa attracts entrepreneurs, with no requirement of initial capital investment. The UK is open and welcoming to the brightest and best to set up shop and build the tech companies that will come to define tomorrow.









475 (approx.)







Eligibility Requirements

5 Eligibility Requirements for UK Startup Visa

  • You need a valid passport/travel document.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be endorsed by an authorized body that is either a UK higher education institution or a business organization with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs.
  • You must meet the English language requirement.
  • You need to have had at least £945 in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply.

Document Requirements

6 Document Required for UK Startup Visa

  • Copies of current passport or other valid travel identification.
  • Copies of bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply.
  • Original and copies tuberculosis test results (if applicable).
  • Proof that you have knowledge of the English language.
  • You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
  • You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

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