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The Government has provided skilled business people access to two new visa rules to set up businesses and work in the UK. The Start Up visa route will be open to those starting a business for the first time in the UK, while the Innovator visa route will be for more experienced business people who have funds to invest in their business. Both routes will see endorsing bodies and business experts, rather than the Home Office assessing applicant’s business ideas. This will ensure that the route will focus on only the most innovative, viable, scalable businesses.

The categories and the closure of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa came into force on 29th March 2019.

How do I get a UK Start Up Visa?

You can apply for a start-up visa if you want to set up a business in the UK and your business idea is endorsed by either a UK Higher Education institution or by a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs. Your business idea has to be a new idea, innovative, i.e. original and different from whatever else is on the market, and viable.

What is the level of investment that needs to be made in order to be granted leave to remain in the UK?

You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa. If you wish to set up or run a business in the UK you should apply under the Innovator visa or a start-up visa. If you already have a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa you can apply to settle in the UK or extend your visa.

Danielle invites you to take a look at her blog, where you will see the diverse range of clients that she has helped.

If you have any questions about the process or would like to apply for a start up visa please contact Danielle or call on 020 7267 4133. Danielle will only charge you for the first consultation if you decide to become her client and if she can assist you.

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