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Start-Up visa

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

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.