United Kingdom Prospective Entrepreneur

  • Your proposed business funding must be £50,000 to £200,000 and you must be able to prove that your business is being considered for funding by 1 or more:

  • Registered venture capitalist firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

  • UK entrepreneurial seed-funding competitions endorsed by UK Trade and Investment

  • UK government departments

  • Sponsor letters

How long you can stay?

  • You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months.

  • You can also apply to change (‘switch’) to a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa anytime within 6 months.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa: This Visa allows you to stay there for 3 years and 4 months.

What you can and can’t do in the UK…

You can

  • Go to meetings, conferences, interviews or site visits

  • Go to trade fairs, as long as they’re only for promoting your business and don’t involve selling anything directly to the public

  • Arrange deals, trade agreements or contracts

  • Speak at a one-off, not-for-profit conference

  • Check details of products and buy them

  • Recruit staff, as long as it’s for the business allowed by your visa

You can not

  • live in the UK for extended periods in the same category

  • work, including selling merchandise

  • get public funds

  • study

  • marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership

  • get private medical treatment

  • extend your visa into the same category or switch into another category except for tier 1 Entrepreneur

  • bring in family members (‘dependants’) – they must apply separately

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