The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route has been closed for new applications since 29 March 2019. In order to set up or run a business in the UK, it is now possible to apply for a Start-up visa or an Innovator visa that effectively replaced the entrepreneur route. Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extensions can be applied until 5 April 2023 and applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made until 5 April 2025.
In order to be eligible for Tier 1 Entrepreneur extensions, the applicants must meet the below requirements.
The current Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holders when applied for extension may be interviewed as part of the application process. The genuine entrepreneur interview is normally conducted by the Home Office to ensure that the applicant has genuinely invested the money in a business operating in the UK and understands their role in the business. We have also seen on some occasions, the Home Office compliance team undertaking a visit to the applicant’s business premises. The application, if successful, allows the entrepreneurs to remain in the UK for a further 2 years, after which they can apply for settlement in the UK.
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting entrepreneurs in setting up and expanding their business in the UK. We can assist existing entrepreneurs in collating the necessary supporting documentation and provide the necessary assistance for any genuine entrepreneur interviews. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.