You can apply for a Start-up visa if you want to set up an innovative business in the UK - it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market.
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You must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either:
You must be able to show that your business idea is:
You may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK.
You can stay for 2 years if you either:
You cannot apply to extend this visa.
You may be able to switch to an Innovator visa if you set up a business while on a Start-up visa and:
Your visa may be cut short if your endorsement is withdrawn by the endorsing body. 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 must apply online. How you apply depends on whether you’re:
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents. You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:
If you need to go to an appointment, you may be able to pay for a faster decision. How you do this depends on whether you’re outside the UK or inside the UK.
How much you pay for a Start-up visa depends on your situation and where you apply from.
You must pay the visa fee for each person that applies at the same time as you or applies later to join you in the UK.
Your application fee will be automatically reduced by £55 if you’re from one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey.
This reduction only applies to your visa application. Your partner and children will still need to pay the full application fee.
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
You may need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.
With a Start-up visa you can:
You can also switch to this visa from some other visa categories.
If your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Start-up visa.