Start-up Visa

The Start-up category is intended for high potential entrepreneurs who are seeking to start up a business in the UK for the first time.


Applicants under this category will not require to evidence access to investment funds for their business. You will require an endorsement from an approved endorsing body which will include leading business organisations and higher education institutions.

The Start-up visa will be issued for a period of 2 years. Towards the end of this period, you will be able to apply to switch into another category of visa, such as the ‘Innovator’ category or Skilled Worker.

Full details on the Start-Up visa can be found here.