Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa UK

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa category will end on the 29th March 2019, to be replaced by the Innovator Visa. Call us today on 0207 887 1916 to discuss your options. 

Who is the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa for?

Prospective Entrepreneurs, from non-EEA countries or Switzerland, wishing to enter the UK to start a business should use the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa. This option is for those who plan to take over a company that is already trading. Applicants will need to be actively involved in the running of the business or businesses in the UK and have the option to set up the business as a sole trader, partnership or UK registered company. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa allows the applicant to ultimately apply for Settlement and then lead to a British passport.

 To successfully obtain the entrepreneur visa, the applicant must:

  • Have access to £200,000 – this could be their own funds or from a third party or
  • Have access to £50,000 via a seed funding competition, UK government department or a venture capital firm
  • Meet the English language requirement
  • Hold the adequate maintenance funds for the main applicant and any dependents applying with the applicant
  • Be a Genuine entrepreneur- You must demonstrate that you intend to set up a viable business in the UK. This home office will take into account, previous qualifications, experience and credentials.

Once you are able to demonstrate the requirements the initial visa is granted for a period of 3 years.

How do I extend my Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa?

The option to extend (Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension) for up to two years is available, however, the application for the visa or extension is very complex so we recommend getting advice from an immigration expert as you are required to demonstrate that your business plan has been successful.  The list of documents required in support of your application is very complex. Call us on 020 7887 1916, complete the online contact form or email us at info@alexandraspencer.co.uk.

What is it that makes meeting the requirements for extending your Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa so difficult?

The extension requirements and rules for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa are very complex as the applicant is required to collect ongoing evidence during the initial grant of the visa. One example is that the Entrepreneur is expected to demonstrate, via Real Time documents, how 2 jobs have been created throughout the 3 year period; and the jobs are required to last for a minimum of 12 months. These jobs could be made up of full-time or equivalent part time jobs.

We assist our clients with ongoing support to prepare them for the extension as refusals are not unusual for common errors made during the application process. Call us on 0207 887 1916, email info@alexandraspencer.co.uk or complete the online contact form for a free call back.

How we can help

As a leader in the field of Immigration we have successfully made applications for Entrepreneur Visa's, building long term relationships with our clients to ensure the strict rules and requirements of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension are being met and demonstrated adequately. Our fees are fixed with no hidden charges, making the process as smooth and straight forward as possible. Our Tier 1 Entrepreneur package includes

  • initial consultation to discuss requirement
  • eligibility audit and assessment
  • completion and submission of your application
  • document checking and submission
  • full legal representation
  • a full business plan
  • liaising with the Home office throughout the whole process to take the hard work off your hands

Our services include:

  • Market Research and assessment of your business idea
  • Development of a Business plan
  • Setting you up with an accountant
  • Introduction to business advisors 
  • Assistance with flights, accommodation and transfers

UK Immigration rules are complex and challenging which is why we work to our client's best interest and understand what is at stake.

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