The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category closed to new entrants on 29 March 2019. The only individuals who can now enter this category are those who have or have had leave in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category. Individuals in this category can make applications for entry clearance or leave to remain until 5 July 2021. For more information on the closure of the route, see News Analysis: Exploring the implications of the sudden closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route.
Individuals who have already entered the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category can continue to hold leave in the category and will be able to make extension applications until 5 April 2023 and settlement applications until 5 April 2025. For those who have switched from the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category, the deadline to make their extension application will be 5 July 2025 and indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications can be made until 5 July 2027.
The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route is for people who wish to set up, join or take over a business or businesses in the UK. This can be done as a sole trader, or within a partnership or UK-registered company structure. This Practice Note includes a summary of the category, plus links to the relevant Immigration Rules, Home Office guidance, forms, fees and other application information. It also contains
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