Start-up Visa Endorsement

The HCfE manages the application for endorsement by the University of Reading for any graduates seeking a Start-up Visa.

The Start-up Visa allows graduates from outside the EEA and Switzerland, who are endorsed by the University of Reading as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills, to extend their stay in the UK in order to develop their business ideas and establish their businesses in the UK.

To obtain a Start-up Visa, the student will need to be endorsed by the University of Reading alongside meeting other requirements as specified by UK Visas and Immigration.

The University is able to offer up to 25 endorsements in the current fiscal year ending 5 April 2021. Please note that the only form of visa HCfE can endorse is the Start-up Visa.

Application is only open to applicants who have been awarded a degree by the University of Reading in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of endorsement. Business partners in the venture do not need to be University of Reading graduates.

If the graduate wants the University to endorse his/her application for a Start-up Visa, they will have to demonstrate that they have a genuine and credible business idea and that they will spend the majority of their working time on developing their business idea.

In seeking endorsement by the University, the graduate should read the University's policy governing application for endorsement under Start-up Visa, which can be accessed here.