Start Up Visa

The Start Up Visa is a good opportunity for those individuals who want to take initiative for their own business in the UK for the first time in their career. To pursue this high-value visa category, the applicants must have an innovative, viable, and versatile business idea that has the firm support of an endorsing body.

Under this visa category, the initial endowment for leave is about 2 years, but it doesn’t lead directly to settlement. Nevertheless, if the applicant is timed out of leave after 2 years, they have the authority to switch to the innovator visa category for settlement purposes in the UK. 

Eligibility Criteria

All the applicants of this visa category must have a strong business plan, approved by an endorsing body, in order to get entry clearance or leave to stay. The bright side is that the applicant doesn’t need to be the sole founder of the business, rather can be a Start up team member. But every member must have their own individual endorsement.

English language

To meet the Secure English Language test listed in Appendix O, the applicant must fulfill the given prerequisites;

  • The applicant has passed the English Language test at CEFR Level B2
  • The applicant is a national of mainly English speaking country  


  • The applicant has a degree taught in English endorsed by UK NARIC equivalence

Maintenance funds

The amount you pay for a Start up Visa relies upon your situation and where you apply from.

Who you’re applying for


If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia

All dependants

Apply (outside the UK)



£363 each person

Switch (in the UK)



£493 each person

Lengths of leave

This visa category offers to leave for 2 years and doesn’t lead directly to settlement in the UK, but applicants may progress into the Innovator category as below;

Category the applicant is applying in


Length of leave: initial applications

2 years

Eligible switching categories

  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4 (General) – the restrictions

Why Us

We work with some of the expert business immigration solicitors, who provide brief and cost-efficient guidance to any individual applying for an Innovator Visa either from abroad or inside the UK. You can be guaranteed of getting some of the best currently available legal advice in the UK if you make an appointment with one of our partner business immigration solicitors. We will ensure you full assistance regarding all aspects of business immigration law, including applying for an initial application to extension or settlement. In order to discuss furthermore, please contact at our London Office on 0203 909 8399 or get in touch with us on the web. 


No doubt, investment is quite essential for applying for a Start up Visa. But apart from this, the applicant must have a strong business idea to take an initiative. Language proficiency and educational requirements are also important. The applicant must have to declare the required documents as evidence in order to confirm this visa.

Anyone who is eager to start his own business in the UK, with high potential and enthusiasm as an entrepreneur, can apply for the Start up Visa. Not only this, if one has any experience in business to establish in the UK has also switched to this visa category.

Generally, a minimum of 18 years of age has to be for the applicant in order to apply for the Start up Visa.