Starting a business as a non-UK national

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What does this involve?

Scotland welcomes people from all over the world who wish to start a business here. You can begin straight away if you’re from within the European Economic Area (EEA). If you’re a non-EEA national, you will first need to apply for a UK visa. Find out about the visa options in the free Business Gateway guide to starting a business as a non-UK national.

This guide can also direct you to business support provided by the Scottish Government specifically for overseas entrepreneurs and businesses.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

How long does this take?

Take 2 minutes to read this quick guide to starting a business as a non-UK national.

Important information

Follow the signposts in the guide to access the latest information on visa options on the GOV.UK website.

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway website for advice on starting a business as a non-UK national.

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