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UK Start-Up Visa Lawyers in London

The UK Start-up visa allows individuals to come to the UK to start a new business. It offers an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to progress in their lives both professionally and personally. Starting a new business in another country can be a daunting process, but our team of experienced immigration lawyers are on hand to make the process easier for you.

Westkin Associates is a specialist immigration law firm based in London. We have a successful track record of helping companies in all stages of development with their Start-up visa applications. Whether you need assistance with creating your business plan for the Start-up visa, you need guidance through the application process, or you need our help with a visa appeal, our experienced and approachable team are on hand to help.

We believe that all businesses are unique, and will tailor our services to support you in creating your vision and starting the next chapter of your life in the UK.

We know that choosing legal assistance for your case is a difficult task, which is why we offer you a cost-free, commitment-free chat before you decide whether you want to work with us. To find out how we can assist you with your Start-up visa application, please get in touch through our website

What is the UK Start-up visa? 

The UK Start-up visa  allows non-European entrepreneurs to come to the UK to start up a new business. Unlike the Innovator visa, the Start-up visa is specifically for those seeking to “establish a business in the UK for the first time”. The Start-up visa is the ideal business visa option for those who don’t have a huge amount of business experience, but want to begin working in the UK for their own company.

Applying for a Start-up visa

Individuals will need to have some supporting information prepared to apply for a Start-up visa. This includes having an endorsement level for your business to show that it has been approved as viable and scaleable for operation in the UK. Applications for the UK Start-up visa can be made online. It is recommended that you seek legal assistance in your application for your Start-up visa. Our team of experienced immigration lawyers can assist you with creating your business plan to gain endorsement, and gathering the necessary documentation for your application.

If you’re already in the UK, you may be eligible to switch to a UK Start-up visa to begin the next part of your journey in the UK. Those eligible to switch over to a start up visa includes: Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) who have recently graduated; Tier 2 Migrants; Tier 4 (General) Students; and, Visitors who are here as prospective entrepreneurs.


“Westkin has been an incredible help to our company. We have used their services to help start up a UK office with US employees on assignment, and their professionalism, prompt responses, and genuine desire to help has been fantastic.”


If you are looking to move to the UK on a Start-up visa, or you’re already in the UK and want to switch, our team of experienced immigration lawyers can assist you. Please get in touch through our website for information on how we can assist you.


What are the requirements for a UK Start-up visa?

At Westkin, we have a high track-record in getting Start-up visas granted for our clients. This is because we take full consideration of what documentation needs to be included in each individual client’s application, and we ensure that you have our full assistance in putting this together. We have excellent working relationships with many of the endorsing bodies for the Start-up visa in the UK, and we use this expertise to guide you through the application process, making it simpler for you.

In your application for the start-up visa, we help you to meet the following requirements:

– You must have your business plan for the start-up visa and idea reviewed and gain endorsement from an approved body.

– You must show you English language skills at a level of B2 in the Common European Frame of Ref (CFR) or above.

– If required, we can assist you in this by putting you in contact with an appropriate English Language course and exam provider. We have supported our clients with this on a number of occasions and will do so free of charge.

– You must provide evidence that you have enough funds for your own maintenance as well as any dependents. You need to have had at least £1270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply and you must be able to evidence this.

– There is no minimum investment requirement for this visa.

– Evidence that you won’t fail the “general grounds for refusal”.


Creating a Start-up visa business plan 

An essential part of the Start-up visa application is creating a business plan which will be submitted to a UK endorsing body in order to gain endorsement for your business idea. Without an endorsement from an approved endorsing body, gaining the Start-up visa is not possible. Because of this, creating a powerful business plan which showcases your business is a very important part of the process.

Westkin Associates has a proven track record, working with thousands of clients to create high calibre business plans which have been seen as highly attractive by the Home Office. We have working relationships with many UK endorsing bodies, and we utilise these relationships to help you with the success of your application.

If you choose to work with our team on your Start-up visa application, we assist you through every step of gaining your endorsement. This process usually involves us having an in-depth chat with you about your business so that we can find out all of the key information on it, our team of expert lawyers creating your business plan for you and providing guidance on the best endorsing body to submit this to for endorsement. We aim to make this process as smooth for you as possible, taking away any stress, and allowing you to focus on bringing your business to the UK.

Our immigration lawyers are ready to assist you in creating a winning business plan for your Start-up visa. Get in touch today to bring your business move to the UK a step closer to reality.


What is the UK Start-up visa process?

Applying for a Start-up visa has two main stages. These are gaining your endorsement from an approved endorsing body, and submitting your visa application online. Once you have submitted your application, it can take up to 3 weeks to get a decision on your application if you’re applying from outside of the UK, or up to 8 weeks if you’re applying from within the UK.

How long can you stay in the UK on a Start-up visa?

Once you’ve been successfully approved for a Start-up visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 2 years. This duration is applicable for applicants who have applied for the Start-up visa from within the UK and from outside of the UK. The UK start-up visa can not be extended. If after 2 years you want to remain in the UK, you’ll need to switch to another visa type, for example, the Innovator visa.

What are the UK Start-up visa fees?

The cost for applicants applying for the Start-up visa from within the UK is £493. For applicants applying from outside of the UK, the cost is £363. If you are bringing any dependents with you, you will also be expected to pay the same amount for each.


Timeline from Start-up visa to a British passport or ILR

  1. If you have been granted a Start-up visa you will gain two years leave, after which you may apply to switch over to the innovator visa. It should be noted that you are not automatically granted this visa, it will depend on the success of your business.
  2. If granted an innovator visa, you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain after three years, granted that your business has made significant strides in progress relative to your business plan and reached the relevant achievements.
  3. If you are not eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain after three years, you may apply to extend this visa. After 5 years you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
  4. If granted ILR, you will hold “settled status” and after a year of holding said status, you may apply for naturalisation which will entitle you to a British passport.

If you are looking to start a new business in the UK, the Start-up visa may be the best option for helping you with your journey. Our team is ready to help you craft a winning business plan, to secure your endorsement and allow you to begin life in the UK. Please get in touch through our website for further information on how we can assist you.

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