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We are aware of scams coming from email and social media where people try to impersonate us. We will never ask you for money or your bank details. Learn more about what to look out for and how to protect yourself.

Visa

If you are not a UK citizen, you will need to provide proof of UK residency and your eligibility for work in the UK. The EU settlement scheme is now technically closed. In certain circumstances late applications may be accepted.

If you are unsure whether your visa is eligible under the scheme please refer to the published information on the Government website for more information and an up to date reference for current Visa categories. Start Up Loans is unable to provide definitive guidance as Visa categories are subject to periodic review and amendment by the UK Government. You can also find details of how to contact the UK Visas and Immigration for Help here.

We can only accept scanned copies of physical documents. The documents must be in colour, black and white copies will not be accepted. Please ensure that all edges and corners of the documents are visible, and all relevant pages are provided.

Find out how to scan and upload your documents.

 

Your visa must:

  • not have expired
  • not expire within 6 months of the end of your proposed loan term*
  • allow self-employment within the UK

*If you are currently on a visa, then you must ensure that you choose a loan term that will enable you to fully repay your loan at least 6 months prior to your visa expiry date. This does not apply to those individuals who have pre-settlement status. Please refer to your BSP for further information.

What we need to see:

  • Current legal name and surname
  • Expiry date
  • Type of permit
  • Machine readable zone (MRZ)
Illustration of a UK visa permit with red information boxes highlighted