Start-up visa

Stop Press: On the 1st December 2020 the maintanance requirement changed to be, £1270 in your bank account for a minimum of 28 days before the applicaiton can be made.

The Start-up visa replaced the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route, which closed on the 5th July 2019.  

Please note the University will only be endorsing candidates who meet all of the following:

a) current student of the University of South Wales who has studied at the Pontypridd, Cardiff, Newport Campus or at the RWCMD, and who is going to be awarded a degree or PhD in the next two months


OR


b) a graduate of the University of South Wales who studied at the Pontypridd, Cardiff, Newport Campus or at the RWCMD, and has been awarded a degree or PhD within the last 12 months.

Regrettably, the University will not be able to endorse Start-up visa applications from individuals that have studied at partner institutions, graduated from other institutions or that have not been awarded a qualification at NQF6 or above

You can find the University Guidance, including Business plan template links, for the Start Up visa here: Start Up 2019/2020 - Guidance Document

Applications for the Summer 2021 Session will open on 25th May 2021 and close on 8th June 2021 - applications outside of this period will not be considered. Winter 2021 dates are published below but may be subject to change.

All Stage 1 applications must be made using the University Start Up application form.

Dates for December/January 2022 Applications:

10th November 2021         Stage 1 Applications for the Start-up visa scheme open
8th December 2021          Stage 1 Applications for the Start-up visa scheme close
10th January 2022           Stage 2 Business Plan and Video Pitch submission deadline
26th January 2022         Stage 3 Face to face interview

 

Dates for June/July 2022* Applications:

18th May 2022         Stage 1 Applications for the Start-up visa scheme open
8th June 2022     Stage 1 Applications for the Start-up visa scheme close
6th July 2022          Stage 2 Business Plan and Video Pitch submission deadline
20th July 2022        Stage 3 Face to face interview

You can find archived the archived University guidance for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route here: Tier 1 at USW 2018 – 2019 Guidance Document.



* Please note June / July 2022 dates are subject to change