Start-up and Innovator visa endorsing bodies: guidance

Guidance for Innovator and Start up visa endorsing bodies.


Start-up and Innovator endorsing bodies: guidance

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Read this guidance if you are an organisation and want to find out how to become an endorsing body and how to carry out duties as an endorsing body.

This guidance should be read with reference to the Immigration Rules.

Published 29 March 2019
Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated in line with Immigration Rules changes.

  2. Document updated to include guidance for endorsing bodies on considering exceptional extension applications from Start-up migrants whose progress has been effected by the pandemic.

  3. Significant updates to the guidance in line with Immigration Rules changes in June 2020.

  4. Updated guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  5. Updated Start-up and Innovator endorsing bodies guidance.

  6. Updated guidance.

  7. Updated guidance

  8. First published.