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IMMIGRATION

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category will no longer be considered after 29 March 2019.

 

As of 29 March 2019, only those applicants, who were last granted Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Start-up visas will be permitted to apply under this visa route from outside of the UK.

 

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Start-up applicants or those who have had such leave in the 12-month period immediately before the date of application will be required to demonstrate that they have had at least £50,000.00 available to them or their business or has invested in their business.

 

The money can be made available from seed funding, a UK or Devolved Government Department or other third-party investors. The funds must have been held by the applicant for at least 90 consecutive days and ending no earlier than 31 days before the date of application. The applicants are allowed to invest their funds in the form of the director’s loan as long as it remains unsecured and subordinated and in favour of third-party creditors. Such investments must have been made after 19 November 2015 and the date of application must be before 19 November 2021.

 

Once approved, an entry clearance visa would be granted:

  • for a period of 2 years, if an applicant has or has had leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant in the 12 months immediately before the date of application; or

  • for a period of 3 years and 4 months if an applicant has or has had leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or a Start-up migrant in the 12 months immediately before the date of application.

 

Applicants would be allowed to extend their Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa for period of 2 years if the applicant has or was last granted a visa under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route or for a period of 3 years if the applicant has or was last granted a visa under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Start-up visa route, if it is submitted:

 

  • before 6 July 2021 and if the applicant has or was last granted entry clearance, leave to enter or remain as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant or a Start-up migrant; or

  • before 6 July 2025, if the applicant has ever previously had leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant and is claiming points for an extension under Table 5 of Appendix A;

  • before 6 April 2023 in all other cases

 

The application for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route must be made:

 

  • before 6 July 2027, if the applicant has ever previously had leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) migrant; or

  • before 6 April 2025 for all other cases.

 

Our solicitors have many years of experience assisting Entrepreneurs and their family members with their applications for relocation to the UK, extension and indefinite leave to remain, as well as subsequent applications for British nationality and British passports. 
 

We will provide you with tailored advice to your specific case scenario to ensure that your application meets the Immigration Requirements. Should you require any assistance with your application please do not hesitate to contact us .

To find out more about other UK visa categories please click here.

*Please note that requirements may vary from case to case based on the nuances of your situation, and the information on this page is not intended to replace legal advice.

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