UK Startup Residency Visa

For young entrepreneurs looking to set up a business in the UK

You can apply to come to the UK if you are planning on starting a new business in the UK and you are from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Your business idea and plan must have been endorsed by an approved body, which can include either a higher education institution or a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs. Your business must be new, innovative, viable and scalable, with good potential for growth. If you are eligible for this visa, you and your dependants would be able to stay in the UK for 2 years, after which you would have to transfer to either a UK Innovator Visa or a UK Investor Visa.

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Key Information

What this visa allows

  • You can set up one or more businesses in the UK
  • You can switch to this visa from some other visas
  • You are able to bring your family with you

What this visa doesn't allow

  • You cannot get public funds
  • Work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • Work as a professional sportsperson
  • You are not eligible to settle in the UK with this visa


  • Visa free travel across the world
  • A diverse and multicultural society
  • Excellent standards of free public education
  • An outstanding free national health care system
  • One of the greatest financial and business friendly hubs in the world
  • The strength and security of a British passport for you and your family
  • Attractive tax regime for high net individuals classed as UK resident, non-domicile


Anyone from outside the EEA or Switzerland who has a viable, scalable, sustainable  business idea that has a business idea that has been approved by an endorsing body alongside.

Yes, you must pass an English IELTS exam before getting this visa.

No, this visa is only for people who have not previously set up a business in the UK.

You are eligible to stay for two years, providing you can sustain your business for that time. After the two years you are eligible to switch to another type of visa.

Yes, you need to have £945 for the main applicant and £630 for each dependant, which will need to be held for 90 consecutive days before the date of the application.

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Non-EEA applicants can receive a UK residency visa if they meet certain criteria and earn enough points. This involves coming up with a new idea and starting a business in the UK.


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