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August 19, 2021

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Tier 1 Entrepreneur

You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

If you already have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa you can still apply to extend your visa, to settle in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Remain), for your family members to join you.

If you have been working as a director of a business in the UK or self-employed since being granted a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa and have enough money to continue supporting yourself then you may be able to extend your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. You are expected to have employed at least 2 full-time jobs that have existed for at least 12 months. You must have also invested either £200,000 or £50,000 into at least 1 UK business. The amount depends on the level of funds your initial application was based on.

This route can lead to settlement.

 

Innovator visa or Start-up visa

You can apply for an Innovator visa or Start-up visa if you want to set up and run an innovative business in the UK. Your business or business idea must be endorsed by an approved body, and you must meet other eligibility requirements.

A Start-up visa would be granted for 2 years. You cannot apply to extend this visa. You may be able to switch to an Innovator visa if you set up a business while on a Start-up visa. You would have to meet other eligibility requirements

An Innovator visa would be granted for 3 years. If you want to stay longer you can apply to extend your stay for another 3 years before your visa expires. Your family members can apply to join you ar stay in the UK as your dependants if they are eligible.

You may be able to apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) once you’ve been in the UK for 3 years.

Representative of Overseas Business In addition to the Tier 1 routes, you may want to come to the UK to set up a branch of your existing overseas business.

You must be either;

· the sole representative of an overseas company planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company, or

· an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK.

You must also meet other eligibility requirements.

 

Tier 1 (Investor) visa

This category is designed to allow high-net-worth individuals to make a substantial financial investment in the UK.

You are awarded points based on your ability to invest £2,000,000 in the UK. You can apply under the investor category now if you are:

· in the UK under another category and want to make an application as an investor (known as switching);

· already in the UK in Tier 1 (Investor) category and want to extend your permission to stay here under Tier 1 (Investor);

· applying for permission to enter the UK (known as ‘entry clearance’) in Tier 1 (Investor) category.

The Tier 1 (Investor) category is a fast-track to permanent residence and you do not need to be able to speak English to qualify for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK.

Settlement Depending on your level of investment in the UK, you must complete a continuous residence period of 2, 3 or 5 years here before you can apply for settlement. During the continuous residence period, you cannot be outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months.

The continuous residence period is 2 years if:

· you have money of your own under your control in the UK amounting to at least £10 million and invest in the UK; and

· you meet other eligibility requirements.

The continuous residence period is 3 years if:

· you have money of your own under your control in the UK amounting to at least £5 million and invest in the UK; and

· you meet other eligibility requirements.

The continuous residence period is 5 years if:

· you have money of your own under your control in the UK amounting to at least £1 million and invest in the UK; and

· you meet other eligibility requirements.

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