Change is a natural part of life, in fact change is the only constants in life, so one should be ready to embrace it as ‘Without Change There Is No Progress’. To keep up the pace with the world, remain globally competitive and to achieve growth potential in core sectors of the economy, change in the immigration law is inevitable.
In June 2018 the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced a new start up visa route, stating that the new visa is “for people wanting to start a business in the UK. This will help to ensure we continue to attract the best global talent and maintain the UK’s position as a world-leading destination for innovation and entrepreneurs”.
a larger extent this visa category is offered as an alternative to Post-Study
Work visa (PSW), and as a replacement for the scrapped graduate visa scheme.
The earlier has been obsolete since April 2012. The idea behind the route was
simple: international graduates from UK universities could remain in the UK
with a single grant of two years of leave, applying within 12 months of their
is an exciting launch of visa route for non-EEA nationals wishing to set up a
business in the UK for the first time. Among other requirements the endorsement
process remains the corner stone and the list of approved endorsers is being
broadened to include business sponsors, as well as universities. The benefit of this new visa is that
decision-making for the business viability requirement will be addressed by
qualified, experienced and more appropriate parties, and the visa will remain
subject to Home Office strict scrutiny.
Below is a brief overview of
this visa route.
Specific Requirements for Start up Visa
Innovation, genuine, original business plan
Viability necessary skills, knowledge, experience
Scalability evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets
least £50,000 funds must be available to the applicant for investment.
If the endorsement
letter confirms that at least £50,000 funds are available or have been invested
in the applicant’s business, no further evidence of investment funds is
decision maker must be satisfied
- The applicant genuinely intends to undertake
- is capable of undertaking, any work or business activity in the UK as stated in their
- does not intend to work in the UK in breach of their conditions
- Money is genuinely available
- the applicant intends to use it for the purposes described in the application
- applicant’s previous educational, work and immigration history
applicant can switch to this category from
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
Tier 4 (General) the restrictions in paragraph W3.4 apply
a visitor undertaking permitted activities as a prospective entrepreneur under Appendix V
B2 Council of Europe’s common European framework for
language and learning
The applicant must have at least £945
have been held in the account for a consecutive 90 days
Absences from the UK
180 days or less
during any consecutive 12 months.
and compassionate circumstances
Evidence provided with applications
only consider documents received by the Home Office before the date the
application but under evidential flexibility can request the missing
- All applicant must have been endorsed in this category by an endorsing body
- Must provide an endorsement letter issued by the endorsing body
- Does not need to be the sole founder of the business and may be a member of an entrepreneurial team
- The endorsing body must not have withdrawn the endorsement by the time the
qualify as an endorsing body in this category, an organisation must meet the
following requirements among other
- The organisation has a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs,
- The request to become an endorsing body is supported by a UK or devolved
Government department as being clearly linked to the department’s policy objectives.
Leave to Remain
This category offers leave for 2 years and does not lead
directly to settlement in the UK, but applicants may progress into the
Innovator category to continue developing their businesses in the UK after that
The well-aligned above mentioned visa scheme is exactly what’s needed to make the UK a more attractive and accessible destination for foreign talent and investment, and cementing the country’s place as a world-leading destination for entrepreneurs.