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Immigration Start-up

This category is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. If successful in obtaining leave under this category the applicant will be granted leave for a maximum of 2 years. They cannot obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK directly as a result of this category however after completing 2 years residence in the UK they can switch into the Innovator category.

Under this category applicants are not required to demonstrate the availability of funds to invest in their business however they would be required to provide an endorsement from an endorsing body confirming they have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea.

Applicants would also be required to demonstrate that they are able to maintain themselves in the UK and that they have sufficient knowledge of the English language.

Individuals under the Start-up category will spend the majority of their time working on their businesses but they will also be allowed to take on other work to support themselves. Their spouses/partners and children under 18 will be able to accompany or join them in the UK provided they will be maintained in the UK.

At Vestra Lawyers, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with these types of applications. Contact us today to speak to our specialist solicitors by calling 0121 728 5999 / 0203 929 5999 or alternatively you can email us at