Introduction to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas
Produced in partnership with Rose Carey and Katherine Dennis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The following Private Client practice note produced in partnership with Rose Carey and Katherine Dennis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas
  • Who is eligible?
  • How long does the visa enable the applicant to stay in the UK?
  • Conditions of the visa
  • Extension applications
  • How long does the application take?
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Indefinite leave to remain (settlement)
  • Dependants
  • Living in the UK
  • More...

Introduction to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category was designed for people who wanted to join an existing UK business or establish their own business in the UK.

The rules for this visa category are contained in paragraphs 245D–245DF of Part 6A of the Immigration Rules and paragraphs 35–53 of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules. The relevant rules relating to the English language and maintenance requirements are contained in paragraphs 1–15 of Appendix B and paragraphs 1A–3 of Appendix C respectively. The Home Office policy guidance can be viewed at Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 (Entrepreneur).

Who is eligible?

This category closed to new applicants on 29 March 2019 although dependants can still apply to join a main applicant who has been granted leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur).

Extension applications for existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants remain open until 5 April 2023 and applications for settlement (permanent residency also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR) remain open until 5 April 2025.

Switching applications for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) applicants remain open until 5 July 2021. These individuals can then submit Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) extension applications until 5 July 2025 and settlement applications until 5 July 2027.

How long does the visa enable the applicant to stay in the UK?

If the initial application was made from outside the UK the visa

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