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Eligibility Criteria

You need all of the following to send your Start-up visa application to the Home Office:

  • A viable, scalable and innovative business proposition for the UK
  • A UK-recognised bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD (conferred by Senate) from the University of Warwick before your date of endorsement
  • Endorsement from an authorised UK higher education institution issued in the past 3 months
  • Maintenance funds of £945 in savings if applying from inside the UK or outside the UK. You must have had held the funds in your bank account for a consecutive 90 day period before you can apply and meet this financial requirement.
  • Meet the English language requirement.
  • Permission to remain in the UK if a government or an international scholarship agency has paid your course fees and living costs in the past 12 months

You cannot apply with any of the following:

  • Foundation degrees
  • Honorary degrees
  • Qualifications awarded in the UK by overseas awarding bodies
  • Qualifications undertaken at overseas campuses of UK institutions
  • Professional and vocational qualifications
  • Postgraduate certificates or diplomas

*Please note if you have not yet completed your degree programme when you apply for endorsement under this scheme and your application is successful - then the endorsement will be conditional on successful completion of your degree programme.

Further details on eligibility criteria: 

More information on the Start-up Scheme, read our guidance notes.