This Start-up visa category is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants will have an Innovative, Viable and Scalable business idea which is supported by an Endorsing Body. This category offers leave to enter the UK for two years and does not lead directly to settlement in the UK, but applicants may progress into the Innovator category.
If the visa is approved leave will initially be granted for a period of two years. There is no provision in the rules for an applicant to extend their visa. The expectation is that after two years the migrant will apply to switch into the Innovator category.
The requirements of the Start-Up visa are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse any application that does not fully comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome.