Start-Up Visa

The Start-up visa scheme is for international students currently on a Tier 4 / Student Route visa who wish to start a business in the UK after graduation.  This visa will allow you to stay in the UK for 2 years to work on this business.  To apply for the visa, you must check that you meet all the eligibility criteria and have an endorsement from an authorised body. 


The University of Salford is an authorised Start-up visa endorsing body.


University of Salford Start-up visa Scheme

Am I Eligible? 


  • Are you graduating from the University of Salford on a course at degree level or above in the academic year 2020/2021? 

  • Have you previously engaged with the Careers & Enterprise team for support on your business idea? 

  • Do you have a genuine and credible business idea that can be presented through the application form? 

  • Does your business idea make good use of your graduate skills and add to the UK economy? 

  • Do you meet the Home Office eligibility criteria for a Start-up Visa (including at least £945 in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply.) 

  • Do you have access to funds needed to start the business and to support yourself through this process? 


If you have answered yes to all the above, you are eligible to apply for endorsement.
We are currently taking expressions of interest for the Start-up visa application for endorsement which opens in April 2021


How to apply for endorsement

STEP 1 – Information session and eligibility check

Join us for one of two information session to be held in April 2021 (dates to be confirmed) where you will find out more about the scheme, the University of Salford process and complete a form authorising an immigration history check.  You will also be required to sign a form stating you agree to the terms and conditions set out for the application.  Participation in one of these sessions is a mandatory element in the Start-up visa process. 


If you fail the immigration check you will not be eligible to complete the application. 

STEP 2 Application and Shortlisting

Complete an application form online.  Applications for 2020 are now CLOSED.  Applications for 2021 will open April/May 2021 (tbc).  Your suitability for endorsement will be assessed here against the Home Office criteria, if you do not reach the requirements we will not take your application further. 

You will also be required to provide the following document: 

  • A business plan – draft 

  • Bank statements showing sufficient funds to start your business 

  • Bank statement showing funds to sustain you for 1 year (personal survival budge) 

  • Letters from business contacts and companies that have agreed to work with you in the future. 

  • Endorsement letters from your lecturer/tutors 

  • Copy of your degree certificate 

  • Copy of your passport/ current visa 


STEP 3 – Join us for a Business plan Support Workshop

To assess your business idea the endorsing panel, require a business plan.  We will invite shortlisted applicants to a business plan support workshop – where the Enterprise Adviser will give advice and support on creating a viable business plan. 

STEP 4 – Business plan support 

You will receive one Enterprise guidance appointment to assist you in creating your business plan. 

STEP 5 – Endorsement panel 

You will submit your business plan and supporting documents to our endorsement panel for assessment.  Endorsement panel decisions are final.  If you are successful you will be required to apply for the Start-up visa through the Home Office.