Student Immigration Service

Start-up visa

This visa category is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea supported by an endorsing body.

Start-up visa scheme coming to an end in April 2023

The Start-up route is now closed to new endorsements. The following information is only applicable to those who have received an endorsement from Edinburgh Innovations prior to 13 April 2023. 

The University of Edinburgh is one of the endorsing bodies for the Start-Up route. While a UK degree is not required to be eligible for the Start-Up visa, we will only endorse applicants who can have a demonstrable close relationship with the University of Edinburgh (for example, students or alumni).

The Start-up visa is granted for a maximum of 2 years. During this time, Start-up visa holders are required to spend the majority of their time developing their business. 


For further information on the Start-up visa please contact the Student Immigration Service

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Home Office website - Start-up visa information