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Start-up category

The Start-up category was introduced on 29 March 2019 and replaces the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category. 

This is a category of immigration permission which allows you to work on your business in the UK. If you have a business idea which is innovative, viable and has potential to scale, you can apply to have your business idea assessed by an endorsing body. Endorsing bodies include leading business organisations and Higher Education Institutions. Queen Mary University of London is an endorsing body. If your business idea is accepted, and the endorsing body agrees to endorse you, they will issue you with an endorsement letter which will be needed as part of your application for immigration permission under the Start-up category. 

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