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Solent University is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Start-up visa route. This replaced Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) from early April 2019. The Start-up visa is for Solent University graduates who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK.
The University aims to support international students who wish to stay in the UK to develop their ideas into sustainable UK-based businesses. This is limited to five students per year between 1 April and 31 March.
To be endorsed you must have successfully completed* a degree-level qualification (BA (Hons), MA, PhD, etc) from Solent University.
* Applicants who will shortly complete a relevant qualification may also apply but will not receive their endorsement letter until they have successfully completed their qualification.
The Start-up visa is valid for two years. After this period, you can consider switching into the Innovator route, for which you would need an endorsement from an Endorsing Body. Please note, the University cannot endorse businesses in the Innovator route and it is not possible to extend further under the Start-up visa.
The University has a central role in identifying suitable candidates to be endorsed for a Start-up visa. The University will assess applications against the following criteria, as set by the Home Office:
Does the applicant have a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage?
Does the applicant have, or are they actively developing, the necessary skills; knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business?
Is there evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets?
How much you pay for a Start-up visa depends on your situation and where you apply from.
Who you’re applying for
Apply (outside the UK)
Switch (in the UK)
If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia
£363 each person
£493 each person
You are advised to make an appointment with the International Student Advisor to check and submit your visa application. Appointments can be made via the Student Hub or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply outside the UK, you must apply online and have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre. When granted your visa, you will receive a temporary entry clearance stamp in your passport to travel to the UK and then collect your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) on arrival in the UK.
To apply inside the UK (also known as Switching), you must apply online. When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).
You will need to provide the following documents with your visa application.
*Please note, you will not be able to use funds held in your parent(s) or guardian(s) name, and any financial documents evidencing funds must be in your name. There are no ‘low-risk’ nationalities. Every applicant must submit all the required documentation.
You can: bring dependants to the UK with you. Dependants must apply using the dependant’s application form and read the dependant guidance for further information. Our International Student Advisor can help you with this.
You cannot: gain access to public funds, work as a doctor or dentist, professional sportsperson (or coach) or settle in the UK.
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Page last updated on Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 4.51pm.
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