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Unlocking the World: How the Start-Up Visa is Empowering Entrepreneurs

Nov 14, 2023

Introduced to support talented overseas individuals with innovative, viable, and scalable business ideas, allowing them to develop and work on their businesses in the UK.

From 13th April 2023, the Start-up route is only available to those who already hold a valid start-up endorsement.

Those with endorsement have until 13th July 2023 to apply for their visa under this route.

Individuals looking to start a business in the UK should now look at the new Innovator Founder visa. Existing Start-up visa-holders may be able to switch to the innovator founder route if they qualify.

The UK Start-up Visa was introduced to support talented overseas individuals with innovative, viable, and scalable business ideas, allowing them to develop and work on their businesses in the UK.

This program plays a pivotal role in attracting entrepreneurial talent and fostering innovation, thereby contributing significantly to the UK's economy.

Eligibility Criteria for the Start-up Visa UK

Requirements for applicants: Applicants must be aged 18 or over and should be establishing a UK-based business for the first time.

Qualifications and experience needed: The business idea must be endorsed by an eligible UK endorsing body, ensuring it meets the criteria of being innovative, viable, and scalable.

Evaluation process: The endorsing body assesses the business idea, and applicants must also demonstrate their intention to spend most of their time working on the business in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs associated with the visa?

The application fee varies based on individual circumstances, with additional potential fees like the immigration healthcare surcharge.

What is the success rate of the Start-up Visa?

In 2020, the success rate was 97.21%.

Why Choose UK Visas?

We’ll support your application so you can rest assured your experience will be as stress-free as possible. If you have any questions or require assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email today. 01403 801 801 www.ukvisas.co.uk


The UK Start-up Visa has been a significant initiative to attract global entrepreneurial talent to the UK. While the program is closed to new applicants, its impact on the UK's business landscape has been undeniable.

Aspiring entrepreneurs should consider the new Innovator Founder visa and seek expert guidance to navigate the application process successfully.

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