Start-up visa

A start-up visa lets you remain in the UK after graduating to establish a business, developing the idea with assistance from the University.

You will still be sponsored by the University of Liverpool and will be issued with a two year visa.

The University will provide you with an enterprise community and a support package to help you with your business.


To be eligible for a start-up visa you must:

  • Have been selected by the University of Liverpool as having a genuine and credible business idea
  • Hold a student visa
    • If you have held your student visa for less than 12 months or applying from overseas, you must also be able to show that you have held at least £1270 in a bank account for at least 28 days
    • If you have held a student visa for more than 12 months and have been living in the UK during that time, you will not need to meet any financial requirements.
  • You must have, or will, graduate from the University of Liverpool between summer 2021 and December 2021
  • You must be able to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.


The fee for the application is:

  • £493 if applying inside the UK
  • £363 if applying from outside the UK.

Deadlines and timescales for 2021-22

Dates and deadlines for the next round of sponsorship:

Now until 23 July 2021

Contact the International Advice and Guidance Team to check your eligibility for the scheme.

Now until 23 July 2021

Deadline to submit an expression of interest to be considered for Start-up visa scheme and receive application details. Please email Rachael Collins ( in Careers and Employability with ‘Start-up Visa’ as the email subject matter.

30 July 2021

Deadline to submit an outline of business idea via an application form to

1 - 13 August 2021


Week commencing 16 August 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Interview to explain the business plan to the interview panel.

Week commencing 2 September 2021

Successful candidates are notified.

September 2021 to January 2022

Successful candidates to contact International Advice and Guidance to review completed application and supporting documents before a Letter of Endorsement is issued.

If you are applying from inside the UK you must be able to submit your application before your current visa expires.

You cannot start operating your new business until after you have received a successful decision on your visa application from UK Visas and Immigration.

Once you have been issued with a start-up visa you will be expected to make progress and develop the idea, but you will be eligible to work in another job for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Speak to a International Advice and Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find an answer to your query on our web pages email or book an online confidential one-one appointment.