This visa category is for nationals of a Country with the relevant EC (European Community) Association Agreement wishing to come to the UK to start a business. The business can be of any size and may even employ just yourself. You may start any type of business, but you must work full time in the running of the business, and must not do work that is not related to your business in the UK.
If you are unable to come under this category and wish to start a business in the UK, please go to our business immigration page for details of other business-related categories.
You will need to show the following to come under the EC association agreement:
These are Bulgaria and Romania.
You may apply for your spouse and children to accompany you as your dependants.
Your children entering the UK as your dependants are entitled to the same free education as British children. You may choose to send your children to a private school if you wish.
You and your family are eligible to free health care provided by the National Health Service. You are not required to take out private health insurance.
Your spouse and dependents are entitled to take up any lawful employment.
Your initial visa is granted for a period of 12 months. At the end of your first 12 months in the UK, you may apply for your visa to be extended for a maximum period of three years. This application should be successful if your initial 12 months has proceeded approximately in line with your originally submitted business plan, and you meet the following requirements:
After a total of 4 years in the UK you may apply for indefinite leave to remain (Permanent Residence). A year after being granted indefinite leave to remain you may be able to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.
If you are already in the UK, you can usually submit an application to remain at the Home Office Immigration Directorate in the UK. Otherwise, you should apply at the British Embassy or Consulate nearest to your Country of nationality or nearest to where you are resident.
You will need to provide documentary evidence showing your work experience, evidence of funds, etc The application should be accompanied by:
Workpermit.com can assist you in all aspects of your application. If you are interested in taking this further please complete our form.
Please see our "Visas for Entrepreneurs" page for details of other categories.