What are my options for staying in the UK after my Start-up visa?

17 Jul 2023, 16 mins ago

The Start-up visa category closed to new applicants on 13 July 2023. For those who obtained a Start-up visa prior to this cut-off date, you will need to find an alternative immigration route in order to extend your stay in the UK.

The Start-up visa category was aimed at early-stage entrepreneurs and required an endorsing body to approve their UK business concept. On approval, this type of visa was granted for a period of no more than two years, with no provisions for extension or settlement in the UK.

Current holders will need to find an alternative visa option to continue living in the UK beyond the expiry of their current visa, but may be eligible to switch into the Innovator Founder category in order to continue developing and running their UK business.

Similarly to the Start-up visa, the Innovator Founder category requires your business to be endorsed. The endorsement criteria focus on innovation, viability and scalability. Obtaining endorsement will require a detailed business plan to demonstrate how you meet these criteria.

Unlike the Start-up visa, the Innovator Founder category can lead to settlement after three continuous years of UK residence under that route.

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