To apply for an start up visa, as a minimum you must demonstrate:
- your business offers something innovative and different from anything else in the UK
- it must be an entirely new business and not one that is already trading
- the business must be viable to grow
- you must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either a UK higher education institution or a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs
- that you meet the English language requirements
- you are at least 18 years old
- that you have enough personal savings to support yourself (and any dependants) in the UK (normally £1,270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply)
There are also other requirements beyond these that you must meet, however these requirements are specific to the start up.
Knowledge of English
When applying, you must ensure that you can speak, read, write and understand English. There are a number of qualifications that prove you can do this, including GCSEs or degrees taught in English.
There are exceptions to who must demonstrate knowledge of English, which can be found on gov.uk. An overseas degree taught in English may not be sufficient proof of knowledge of English, unless it is confirmed through an organisation called ‘Ecctis’.