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Mandie Sewa | 18.03.2019
The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is designed to encourage investment in new or existing UK businesses. You can apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you want to set up or take over running a business in the UK, from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and have at least £50,000 to invest. You will need to be actively involved in running your business in the UK.
The minimum £50,000 investment must come from UK entrepreneurial seed funding endorsed by the Department for International Trade (DIT), a venture capital firm registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or a UK government department.
The £200,000 investment can come from your own funds or from a third party such as a spouse, partner or investor. Again, you can also apply if you’ve already invested £200,000 in a UK business less than 12 months before you apply. It’s also possible to apply as an entrepreneurial team with another Tier 1 Entrepreneur applicant, if you both have equal control of the funds.
A Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa lasts for three years and four months. You can apply to extend it and also apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) once you’ve been in the UK for three or five years depending on the number of staff you employ or turnover of your business. Your spouse or civil partner and children under the age of 18 years can apply as your dependants.
Your application will be assessed under the Points-Based System. The eligibility requirements are complex and very rigorously checked. With around 50% of initial applications and extensions being refused, this visa route has the highest refusal rate outside of the asylum category.
This, added to the lack of appeal rights for unsuccessful applications, means it is crucial that your visa is approved the first time you apply. Many applications are refused because of a failure to meet the ‘Genuine Entrepreneur Test’ requirements, even when the applicant has met all the other criteria.
Our experience and expertise can help to ensure that you are fully briefed about all the eligibility criteria and your application reflects the genuineness of your case. We will help you prepare all the required documentation, including the business plan which is a crucial aspect of the ‘genuineness test’.
Although the government’s requirements and checks are exacting, our in-depth knowledge of them and the attention to detail we apply in ensuring you satisfy them, will help your application proceed smoothly. We have a proven track record in helping businesses start up or relocate to the UK, so your first step should be to talk to us and benefit from our personalised immigration advice.
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