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Start-Up visa

Innovation comes from all walks of life, from all over the world. 

Applications are currently closed. Apply here from Monday 19th October 2020. 

The Start-Up Visa is a new 2-year visa route (established in Spring 2019) which is for early-stage, but high potential, entrepreneurs who are starting a business in the UK for the first time. It replaced the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa scheme.  

The Start-Up Visa is for people setting up a new business in the UK which is innovative, viable and scalable, with the ultimate aim that the business has the potential to become fully integrated and a contributing part of the UK economy.  

People who have previously established a business in the UK or spent 2 years on the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Start-Up categories are not eligible.

We require that you thoroughly read the Home Office information (especially the policy guidance) in advance of submitting an application.

Thinking of applying? We'll be hosting two online information sessions for you to hear more about how the process works and what we're looking for from applications, and ask any questions you may have. Book now for either of the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20th October, 11am
  • Thursday 22nd October, 3pm