If you are from outside of the EEA and you want to set up a new business in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Start-up visa. In order to apply, your business or business idea must be endorsed by an approved body.

This route replaces the former Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category and is open to both graduates and non-graduates with no initial funding required.

Visa Duration

The visa is granted for a duration of 2 years and it cannot be extended. If you wish to remain in the UK beyond 2 years, you will need to apply under another visa category, such as the Tier 1 (Innovator) scheme which will allow you to continue to develop your business.


You can apply for your dependants (husband, wife or partner and children under the age of 18) to join you.


The Start-up visa is not a route to settlement in the UK.

Please contact us to discuss this option further.