Start Up Business Visa

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Apply for a UK Start Up Business Visa

The UK Start Up visa has recently been introduced and is for you if you wish to start your own business in the UK. If your business idea is newm Innovative, & Viable Start Up is the right visa for you.

If you have a new business idea which is different from existing businesses in the UK and is scalable your business idea will need to be endorsed by one of the endorsing bodies which are approved by the UKVI, list can be obtained from Home Office’s website, upon endorsement you will be eligible to apply for Start Up Visa. Having a business plan to demonstrate your business idea is helpful as it shows you have planned how your business should work out and what steps you intend to take to make it successful.

The initial visa is issued for 2 years and is not extendable, the business will have to perform well and create jobs in the UK.

Dependants can apply for visas along with the main applicant.

Applicants can apply from outside the UK or, if they hold appropriate immigration leave, from within the UK.

Requirements for Start Up Business Visa

The applicant will need to meet certain requirements to obtain a Start Up Visa.

  • Be 18 or over 
  • Have a Business idea which is new, Innovative & Viable
  • Get endorsement from the endorsing body
  • Have sufficient funds to start a business and maintain yourself in the UK
  • Meet English language requirement of B2 level unless exempted

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you plan to travel. The processing time for the visa is 3 weeks.

What we can do for you for a successful Start Up Visa

We will help you plan properly and assist you with your visa application. Getting you in touch and working with the relevant organisations who can help you write your business plans if required as some of the best business men can struggle putting in writing what they have in their minds. Coordinating with an endorsing body which is relevant to your business so you can secure endorsement to confirm to the UKVI that you meet this requirement. We will give you detailed advice about the evidential documents, the evidence stage is very important to get right therefore we remain on top of your application at all times. We can help you prepare the best possible application.

We will prepare your application for the Start Up Visa application for the UK and for your dependents if any. The forms and documentation may vary slightly depending on where you apply from and what your circumstances are, but we will make sure you have all the correct documents to submit with your application and how you can meet each of the requirements for the visa. We are here to ensure all goes well and that your visa application has the best chance of success.

Not all applicants will need to meet all the requirements above and we will provide a Person and Country Specific Document Checklist so that you can gather the required documents according to your circumstances.

We will complete all the relevant application forms for you and provide you country specific guidance, if relevant. 

We will ensure we are with you from the very start and up until you receive a decision on your application. Sometimes applications are delayed and we can liaise with the Home Office or UKVI on your behalf.

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration lawyers in London to handle your Start Up Visa Application. We work with clients all over the world, wherever you are we are here to help. We have helped many clients for different UK Visa categories from Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.

We can assist you to switch to a Start Up visa if you are already in the UK on an appropriate leave to remain.

Our Immigration Lawyers / Consultants are multi lingual and can discuss your case with you in English, Arabic, Mandarin, Malay, Russian, Urdu, Punjabi & Hindi.

Please call us on +44 208 150 6709 for an initial chat to discover we are the right firm for you, and speak to an experienced Immigration Lawyer / Adviser to bring your matter to a successful conclusion. Alternatively you can Email us on

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