Accessing a Startup visa

The Entrepreneurship service provides a range of opportunities for our graduates, students and staff to develop and validate business ideas.

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Programme review

The Start-up visa programme is one of the opportunities that has supported recent graduates from the international student community of the University. We recognise the value this programme has given in allowing overseas graduates to remain in the UK for two years and develop a business idea.

To ensure effective delivery and management of this programme, we have decided to pause the programme for the current year.  The University currently does not have any endorsement allocations from UKVI, therefore we are gauging interest in the programme through our expression of interest form.   

From 1 July 2021, the new Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) was introduced.

If you've successfully completed a relevant qualification on a Tier 4 or Student visa in the UK, you may be able to apply for this new and flexible post-study visa for a two-year period (or three-year period if you are a PhD graduate).  This visa allows holders to be self-employed and set up a business in the UK, therefore may offer an alternative to the Start-up visa for current students.


Further information

Further information on Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) can be found online via International Student Support and the Student Advice Centre. The Advice Centre also provides guidance on other post-study work visas.

If you're planning on setting up a business and have long-term plans to remain in the UK beyond the two to three-year GIR period, you should seek advice about which visa type may be best for your individual circumstances. Email advice@sheffield.ac.uk to contact an adviser.

We champion challenge-led business ideas. By reviewing the Start-up visa programme, we aim to continue providing the best support for our service users in a rapidly changing environment.

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