So, can international students start a business?
If you are studying in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa you won’t be able to officially register your company with companies house. That being said, there is nothing stopping you from beginning to develop your business ideas and starting to put together a business plan. You can also take this time to talk to other entrepreneurs, potential customers and investors about your plans and seek out any advice.
How can I start my own business?
You’ll have to apply for a different visa. International students looking to start a business in the UK are required to have an innovator or start-up visa. For an innovator visa, you will need your business idea to be endorsed by an approved body, you can find more out about it here.
For a start-up visa, You must have at least £50,000 in investment funds if you want to set up a new business. You will also need to be endorsed by your higher education body in order to go ahead and apply for this visa. You can find out more about the start-up visa here.
Once you have thought about your next steps in terms of your visa, you can begin to think of business ideas and begin to form a business plan. Be sure to check out our article on starting a business on our website.