United Kingdom (Startup)

United Kingdom

Startup Visa

Innovator visa is an ideal route for entrepreneurs with a new innovative project who wish to start a company in the United Kingdom or experienced businessmen that have been running a business outside the United Kingdom for many years and wish to expand it to the UK. To be eligible for Innovator visa you need to invest in a new business idea, which means you are not allowed to join or invest into an already established business. Innovator visa leads to settlement and eventually to British citizenship.

Capital City


Visa free countries

5 (UK & Republic of Ireland)

Total area

242,495 km²




Pound Sterling £


65 million (2017)

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (UTC)


Visa-free travel
to 184 countries

Required investment
from approx. €830,000

Citizenship within 12 or 36 months

Low minimum presence requirement

Application Process


Consult with Global RCG


Prepare your documents


Submit the application


Receive your residency permit

UK Startup Visa
Application Process

Start-up visa applicants do not need any funds to invest in their business. However, the requirement to have a ‘viable’ and ‘scalable’ business idea means that, in practice, you may need to have funds available to invest. Some endorsing bodies require a certain level of funding as a condition of endorsement.

Endorsement Criteria for a UK Startup Visa

Other requirements:

Day 1
Day 1
Initial due diligence and Consultation. Sign client agreement
Day 1
Week 1
Week 1
Assess business idea, comprehensive development of idea to fit eligibility criteria, and align with Endorsing bodies specifications.

Develop Business Plan.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 2
Submit Business Plan and interview with endorsing body for approval. Fill out all Government Forms for Visa.
Week 2
Week 3
Week 3
Get Approval.
Week 3

Download Our Factsheet

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Required & Non-Required Visa Countries


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