What are the main requirements?
To qualify for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
It is also possible to switch into the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category if you are already in the UK under Tier 1, 2 or 4 of the points-based system.
*Minimum investment funds of £50,000 can be used:
How long can I stay and what are the conditions of my stay?
Applicants can apply to come to the UK for an initial period of 3 years and 4 months. Those who are eligible to switch into this category from inside the UK will be granted an initial period of leave of 3 years.
Applicants may apply to extend their stay in the UK for a further 2 years providing they meet a number of strict requirements including the following:
Super Premium Service
It is now possible for those making applications in the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category to use the Home Office’s Super Premium Service in certain cases. Eligible applicants can receive a decision on their application within 3-5 days. Please contact us for further information about this service.
When can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (otherwise known as ‘Settlement’)?
An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made once an applicant has held Tier 1 Entrepreneur status for a period of at least 5* years. In order to be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, applicants must demonstrate that they continue to meet the requirements as listed above.
Applicants must also demonstrate that:
*Applicants may qualify for accelerated Indefinite Leave to Remain after 3 years if they have created 10 new jobs or their business received at least £5 million in income from business activity throughout the 3 years.
How we can help?
The requirements of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications that do not fully comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome. They will also fully advise on the requirements to be satisfied for extension, settlement and British nationality applications.
If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online enquiry form on this page.