Tier 1 Visa

The UK continues to offer a multitude of employment and business opportunities to individuals with exceptional talent and entrepreneurs with scalable business ideas. A member of the European Union and G8, the United Kingdom is ranked amongst the largest economies in the world.

UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur

The UK’s position, both geographically and financially, puts it at the center of a diverse collection of markets and sectors. As a result, there is an increasing demand for entrepreneur visas to the UK. The UK has options for entrepreneurs as well as for investors under the Tier 1 category visa:

This page will be focused on the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa. To know more about the UK investor visa, which requires an investment of £ 2 M.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa UK is a visa category under the points-based system that allows you to live in the UK if you’re setting up, taking over, or actively involved in running a business in the UK or in other words the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa UK is the route for entrepreneurs who would like to start a new business in the UK or join an existing business there. The UK’s open market and diversified economy present opportunities for new entrepreneurs and investors to access a domestic market and to use the location as a gateway to the rest of the world. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is catered to applicants looking to make an investment, as applicants under this visa category are not allowed to take employment.

Note: You are also allowed to create an Entrepreneurial Team of 2 in order to launch a business plan in the UK through a single investment fund. These teams can draw in on different types of experiences from different individuals required for the successful running of a business.

Based on a World Bank Business survey, the UK has consistently ranked amongst the top in Europe and the world in terms of ease of doing business, over the last decade. It offers a number of competitive advantages as a hub for investors to conduct their business. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa UK is a great tool for entrepreneurs who have narrowed down on the UK as the destination for their business investment.

Initial Entry Clearance as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur

The UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa of the points-based system is for non-EEA migrants who want to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of, a business or businesses in the UK. Immigration rules for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas UK require the applicants to have access to at least £ 200,000 for investment in the UK or £ 50,000. The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route also allows you to make an investment of £ 50,000.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is intended to bring in applicants who would be able to add value to the UK economy by bringing in the capital and generating full-time employment. As part of the enhanced screening process, the Home Office has also introduced a ‘Genuine Entrepreneur Test’ to ascertain if the applicant is a genuine entrepreneur.

As part of this evaluation, the Home Office takes into account various factors including (but not limited to):

  • Credibility of the investment funds for the entrepreneur visa;
  • Business plan submitted (which includes extent of market research conducted by the applicant);
  • Relevant experience in the field;
  • Immigration background of the applicant (both the applicants if forming an entrepreneurial team)

Requirements for £50,000 investment funds:
You can apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa using the £50,000 investment funds if you are able to secure funding from one of the following sources.

  • Funds from a Department for International Trade (DIT) approved seed fund
  • UK Government or devolved government department
  • Venture capital fund registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

You can also make an application based on £50,000 of investment funds if you have already invested £50,000 in a UK business in the last 12 months.
Besides, if you were last granted leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and are applying for leave to remain from within the UK, you can apply based on the £50,000 investment funds.

English Language Requirement:
You need to meet the English language requirement for the Tier 1 visa application. This includes either of the following.

  • Passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening; or
  • Holding a degree taught in English, which is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or Ph.D.

At Irish Expert our UK Immigration solicitors work with individual Entrepreneurs as well as Entrepreneurial teams and other investors to advise them on the feasibility of applying for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa to the UK.

You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from UK visa consultants in relation to the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.

Switching to Tier 1 Entrepreneur

You can switch into the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa category from inside the UK if you have permission to stay in the UK under any one of the following categories:

  • highly skilled migrant;
  • Tier 1 (General) migrant;
  • Tier 1 (Investor) migrant;
  • business person;
  • innovator;
  • student nurse;
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist;
  • writer, composer or artist;
  • participant in the International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science & Engineering Graduate Scheme);
  • participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme;
  • Tier 2 migrant;
  • Tier 4 migrant; or
  • Prospective Entrepreneur

Extension of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

If you are in the UK on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa you can apply to extend your visa if you meet the eligibility requirements, which state that the applicant:

  • must be registered as a director or as self-employed no more than 6 months after the date you were given permission to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa
  • can prove you’ve been self-employed or working as a director of a business 3 months before you apply
  • created at least 2 full-time jobs that have existed for at least 12 months

To qualify for an extension, the applicant must demonstrate that they have invested into 1 or more UK businesses either through:

  • £200,000 in cash
  • £50,000 in cash if your initial application was based on having funds from an approved funding source

The Extension for Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications is done by post from within the UK and takes about 8 weeks for the application to be assessed. You can also opt for premium processing. Once you’ve applied, you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, if you applied before your last visa expired.

Indefinite Leave to Remain as Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Applicants can apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. From the 6th April 2011, Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrants have been able to apply under the provisions for accelerated settlement. This means that some applicants are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after 3 years’ continuous lawful leave in the UK. The applicant can apply for accelerated settlement if they can show that they have been able to create at least 10 full times jobs or the business has, had an income from business activity of at least £5 million. For applicants who do not meet the requirements for the accelerated route for settlement, the specified period of continuous leave for settlement is 5 years.

Dependents of Tier 1 Entrepreneur

A Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa will allow the main applicant to bring their dependants to the UK. This visa can also be extended from within the country and it is possible for the main applicant and their dependants to obtain settlement based on the same. You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application for extension – including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for UK entrepreneur visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our UK Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com

We understand that applying for an entrepreneur visa UK can be challenging given the vast amount of information on the topic. You can take away the hassle by opting for a full representation service

It’s best to seek professional advice before you proceed, to save unnecessary loss of time and expense.

Tier 1 Investor

The Tier 1 (Investor) Visa category is for high net-worth individuals who want to make a substantial financial investment in the UK.

You do not need a job offer to apply under this category. Your application will be assessed based on your ability to invest £2,000,000 (£ 2 million) in the UK.

Initial Entry Clearance as Tier 1 Investor

To apply for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor, the applicant must::

  • be 18 or over;
  • be able to prove that the money belongs to either the applicant, or their husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner;
  • have opened a UK bank account

In addition, the applicant needs to evidence that the funds are::

  • held in one or more regulated financial institutions
  • free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK

The money can be in the UK or overseas at the time of the application.

Switching to Tier 1 Investor

Applicants can apply to switch to a Tier 1 Investor Visa if they meet the eligibility requirements and they are already in the UK under one of the following categories:

  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Post-study work)
  • any Tier 2 category
  • any Tier 4 category
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • businessperson
  • innovator
  • student (under the rules in place before 31 March 2009)
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • student nurse
  • students writing up a thesis
  • work permit holder
  • writer, composer or artist
  • investor
  • If the applicant is in any other category then they must leave the UK and make the application from their home country.

Extension of Tier 1 Investor

If the applicants are in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor and the initial entry clearance was granted before 6th November 2014 then extension can be applied if the applicant has::

  • at least £1,000,000 under your control in the UK
  • have invested at least £750,000 (or 75%) of that in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • invested this sum within 3 months of ‘investor start date’

If the initial entry clearance as Tier 1 Investor was granted on or after 6th November 2014, then the applicant needs to demonstrate that they::

  • have at least £2,000,000 under their control in the UK
  • have invested those funds in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • invested this sum within 3 months of ‘investor start date’

The ‘investor start date’ is either: the date you came into the UK (if evidence can be provided of this) else it is the date your original visa application (or switch from a different visa category) was approved (if the date of entry cannot be evidenced)

Dependents of Tier 1 Investor

A Tier 1 (Investor) visa will allow the main applicant to bring their dependents to the UK. This visa can also be extended from within the country and it is possible for the main applicant and their dependents to obtain settlement based on the same. You should include any dependants who are on your current visa, on your application for extension – including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

It’s best to seek professional advice before you proceed, to save unnecessary loss of time and expense.

At Irish Expert, our immigration solicitors have provided expertise to numerous applicants seeking to apply for a UK Tier 1 Investor visa.

Our clients in UK or India can speak to our Tier 1 Investor Visa Consultant on +91 9633 746454 and book your appointment with our Experts.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is for people who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent in the fields of science and the arts, and who wish to work in the UK.

To apply for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa the applicant would have to be endorsed in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts as:

  • a recognised leader (exceptional talent)
  • an emerging leader (exceptional promise)

Tier 1 exceptional talent has a 2-stage application process:

  1. Apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your particular field.
  2. Once you have been endorsed, you can apply for the visa.

There are 2,000 places available under this visa category between 6 April to 5 April of the following year.

At Irish Expert our immigration solicitors can provide expertise to applicants seeking to apply for UK Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa.

You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from UK visa consultants in relation to UK Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category allows non-European MBA and other graduates to extend their stay after graduation to establish one or more businesses in the UK.

It is also for overseas graduates who have been identified by UK Trade Investment (UKTI) as elite global graduate entrepreneurs who intend on establishing one or more businesses in the UK.

To apply for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa the applicants are required to:

  • graduate who has been officially endorsed as having a genuine and credible business idea
  • from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • meet the other eligibility criteria


Applicants to be eligible for apply for Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur would require endorsement by either
:

    • the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of the elite global graduate entrepreneur programme (Sirius)
    • a UK higher education institution (HEI) if it’s an authorised endorsing body

At Irish Expert our immigration solicitors can provide expertise to applicants seeking to apply for UK Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur visa.

You can contact us +91-9633746454 or info@irishexpert.com if you are seeking legal help from UK visa consultants in relation to UK Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur visa.