All applicants for entry clearance or leave to remain must have been endorsed in this category by an endorsing body listed on the GOV.UK website.

The applicant must provide an endorsement letter issued by the endorsing body, which includes all of the following information:

  • the name of the endorsing body
  • the endorsement reference number
  • the date of issue, which must be no earlier than 3 months before the date of application
  • the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality and passport number
  • confirmation that the applicant has not previously established a business in the UK
  • a short description of the applicant’s business venture and the main products or services it will provide to its customers
  • the applicant’s business venture is innovative, viable and scalable in accordance with the rules set out in paragraph W5.2 of Appendix W
  • the endorsing body is reasonably satisfied that the applicant will spend the majority of their working time in the UK on developing business ventures
  • the name and contact details (telephone number, email and workplace address) of an individual at the endorsing body who will verify the contents of the letter to the Home Office if requested

An endorsement cannot be accepted if:

  • it has been used more than 3 months after date of issue
  • it has been withdrawn by the endorsing body
  • the endorsing body has lost its status as an endorsing body at the date of decision

Approved Endorsement Body

An organisation can only issue an endorsement if it is on the UKVI list of approved endorsement bodies. If you have been offered an endorsement by an organisation that is not on the list, you can report it at https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime.

The relevant endorsement body will assess your business idea and also carry out the credibility assessment so that the Home Office UKVI do not have to assess your credibility at the visa application stage.

What Is The Endorsement Criteria For Start Up Visa?

The endorsement letter must confirm both of the following:

(a) The applicant’s business venture meets all of the requirements in the table below:

Innovation

The applicant has a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage.

Viability

The applicant has, or is actively developing, the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business.

Scalability

There is evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets.


(b) The endorsing body is reasonably satisfied that the applicant will spend the majority of their working time in the UK on developing business ventures.

The requirement in (a) does not apply if the applicant’s last grant of leave was in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category, and the endorsement is from the same endorsing body as the endorsement which led to that grant of leave. Instead, the endorsement letter must confirm that the applicant’s business venture is genuine and credible.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Endorsement Letter For Start Up Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for endorsement letter for Start Up visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration solicitors. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration solicitors in London or Manchester in relation to your application for endorsement letter for start up visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

How We Can Help With Your Application For Endorsement Letter For Start Up Visa?

We can legally represent you in your entry clearance application for endorsement letter for start up visa and carry out all the work until decision is made by relevant Home Office UKVI approved endorsement body. The immigration caseworker to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing the chances of success in your application for endorsement letter from the relevant approved endorsement body;
  • Discussing the business idea with you in detail and advising you the weaknesses and strengths of the business idea if it is a new business or the achievements of the business if it is an existing business;
  • Advising you on the business plan and referring you to a suitably qualified person to prepare a business plan for your new business;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application for endorsement letter;
  • assessing your documentary evidence and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application;
  • completing an online application form to apply for endorsement letter from the UKVI approved endorsement body;
  • preparing a cover letter explaining in detail how all the relevant requirements for the grant of endorsement letter; and
  • doing all the follow-up work on your endorsement letter application until a decision is received from the approved ednorsement body.

Our Fee For An Application For Endorsement Letter

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,500 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for an endorsement letter. The VAT will not be applicable where the applicant is based outside the UK. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid before the submission  of your application for endorsement letter.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the relevant endorsement body on your application for endorsement letter. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, application fee, etc.

Sunrise Solicitors is the trading name of Sunrise Solicitors Ltd (company registration no. 6405492). Sunrise Solicitors Offices are regulated by SRA under SRA ID 490903 (London Office) and SRA ID 645256 (Manchester Office). Sunrise Solicitors are also members of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA).

 

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