U.K. Startup Visa

New entrepreneurs with innovative ideas supported by an approved organization can move to the U.K. with their family with a Startup Visa.
If you are an experienced entrepreneur with capital to invest in a startup, you may be interested in an Innovator Visa.


  • Includes right to work for your business
  • Valid for 2 years
  • Bring family
  • Unlimited entry and exit
  • Good quality of life
  • Possible path to Innovator Visa



The home of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond, Harry Potter, and innumerable other icons, the U.K. is one of Europe’s cultural centers. Its bustling cities are known for world-class museums, music, fashion, and dining, while picturesque villages offer a slow, bucolic lifestyle.

The Startup Visa is valid for 2 years, and it will allow you to set up a new business in the U.K. If your business is successful and ongoing, you have a day-to-day role in operating it, and your endorsing body approves, you may be eligible to switch to an Innovator Visa. This would offer a path to settle permanently in the U.K.



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  • Startup with new, innovative, and commercially viable idea, endorsed by a higher education institution or an approved business organization
  • $1,774 bank balance



Application fee of $506 per person ($688 per person if applying within U.K.)

Health care surcharge of $867 per year per adult and $653 per year per child

$695 fee for expedited service (applicants within the U.K. only)

People from these countries will pay $77 less: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.



Apply online here.

You may need to appear for an appointment in person.

The application should be processed in 3 weeks if you apply from outside the U.K. or 8 weeks if applying from inside the U.K.


  • Passport or other document proving identity and nationality
  • Bank statements showing a balance of $1,774 for the 28 days prior to your application
  • Proof of English language fluency (not required for applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States)
  • Endorsement letter proving the assessment of your business by an approved organization
  • Tuberculosis test results (if required, depending on nationality)

Other documents may be required. Documents should be in English or Welsh, or submit them with a certified translation.