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Is there anything I am not allowed to do under a Scale-up visa?

You are not able to:

  • Apply for most benefits (public funds) or the State Pension;
  • Work as a professional sportsperson

Further restrictions and information on what you can and can’t do under a Scale-up visa will be given to you if your application is successful.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Scale-up Visas section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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