Ten Reasons to consider the UK Start-up Visa to set up your business in the UK!

There are many different immigration routes available to persons looking to live and work, study, or join their loved ones in the UK. In the category for persons looking to set up a new and innovative business in the UK, the UK Start-up Visa comes out top.

Advantages of the UK Start-up Visa

Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants have compiled a list of some of the advantages of the UK Start-up Visa to show why we reckon it is one of the best visas available!

1. The Opportunity to start your New and Innovative Business in the UK

It is only a pipedream for many persons to start a business in the UK. The Start-up Visa can make this dream come true for entrepreneurs with a new and innovative business idea for the UK market!

2. No Investment funds are needed to apply for the UK Start-up Visa

The applicant needs to show investment funds with some of the other UK business visa routes, like the UK Innovator Visa. The big advantage of the UK Start-up visa is that you do not need to show any investment funds!

3. You do not need to have a UK Employer 

With the Start-up Visa, you do not need the involvement of a UK employer. You can focus on getting your new and innovative business up and running without an employer’s involvement!

4. You can come to the UK for two years

You will not be able to extend your stay on the UK Start-up Visa beyond your two-year stay. However, after two years on this visa, you should qualify to move to a permanent immigration category that will lead to settlement in the UK.

5. You can switch to the UK Start-up Visa from within the UK

Most persons apply for the UK Start-up Visa from outside the UK. However, prospective applicants in the UK will be glad to hear that it is possible to switch to this visa from some other visa categories from within the UK. Please speak to your Breytenbachs consultant for more advice in this regard.

6. You can take up other employment to support yourself 

While you work on your start-up business or businesses, you will also be permitted to work in another job if you need to. This concession will help you support yourself while you start your new business. However, you will have to satisfy your endorsing body that you are still committed and continuing your business venture.

7. Your dependants can apply to accompany you to the UK

The Home Office classify dependants as anyone of the following persons:

  • Your wife, husband, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Children older than 18 years of age, if they are currently in the UK as your dependants.

Your successful dependants will receive a visa with leave to remain in the UK for the same period you have to leave in the UK.

8. Your adult dependants will be able to work in the UK without restriction

If your spouse/unmarried partner/civil partner is successful in their application to accompany you to the UK, they will be able to work in the UK without restriction. This concession means that they can work for any employer at any level. They can also start their own business or combine employment or self-employment.

9. You will get support from your endorsing body 

To apply for the UK Start-up Visa, you first have to get an endorsement from an approved body. Requirements may include your specific business field, your business’s location, and the support you will need. You have to apply at the endorsing body that will suit your individual requirements.

Having an endorsement body gives you the benefit of having access to support and advice to get your business idea off the ground in the UK.

10. Breytenbachs will be there to help you every step of the way!

Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants have a team of highly experienced consultants dealing with visas in the UK Business Immigration Routes. They have the necessary experience and know-how to assist you every step of the way. Your Breytenbachs consultant will also be able to introduce you to the most suitable endorsing body for your unique circumstances.

How Breytenbachs can help you with the UK Start-up Visa

If you have any queries on the UK Start-up Visa or would like to discuss any UK immigration issues, please email Breytenbachs at info@bic-immigration.com or visit our website at www.bic-immigration.com

You can also phone your nearest Breytenbachs office on the following numbers: Durban – 031 880 2777, Cape Town – 021 830 5246 or Pretoria – 021 460 9959. You can also contact our London office at +44 207 442 2160.

Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. 

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