The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa category has been closed by the Home Office UKVI from 30 March 2019 for initial applications and has been replaced by Innovator visa category. However, a person with Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur leave or somone who switched from Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur to Start-up visa can still make initial application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Those who are already in the UK under Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa can continue with their stay under Tier 1 Entrepreneur category and will be able to apply for extension and ILR under Tier 1 Entrepreneur category.

Our Tier 1 entrepreneur visa solicitors specialise in all types of Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications including application for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur, switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, extension/renewal of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and ILR as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant. Our Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide immigration advice and representations for Tier 1 entrepreneur visa applications. We have successfully helped hundreds of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applicants with their Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applications.

Need legal advice and representations for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application? Contact our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for Tier 1 Entrepreneur application. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application.

Applications By Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant

As specialist Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors, we can provide high quality legal advice and representations for following Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applications:

UK Visa Entry Clearance As Tier 1 Entrepreneur

You can apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance from outside the UK if you have:

  • a valid Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • a valid Start-up visa, and you switched from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year
  • a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa that expired less than 12 months ago
  • a Start-up visa that expired less than 12 months ago, and you switched from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year

Our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for an application for UK visa entry clearance as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance application. READ MORE

Switching Into Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

You can apply for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if:

  • you’re on a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • you switched to a Start-up visa from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year

You must meet the eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. You must have:

  • £50,000 in funds to spend in the UK
  • a viable business plan

You should also meet the English language requirement and the funds for maintenance requirement for you to succeed in your application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK.

Our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for an application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. READ MORE

Extension/Renewal Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

You can apply to extend/renew your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you:

  • registered as a director or as self-employed no more than 6 months after the date you were given permission to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
  • can prove you’ve been self-employed, a member of a partnership or working as a director of a business 3 months before you apply
  • created at least 2 full time jobs that have existed for at least 12 months
  • can continue to support yourself

You must also have invested into 1 or more UK businesses either:

  • £200,000 in cash
  • £50,000 in cash

The amount of investment depends on the level of funds your initial application was based on.

Our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for extension/renewal of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application. READ MORE

ILR As Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant

You can apply Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant if:

  • you currently have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
  • You must have created 2 jobs during your last grant of leave (10 jobs if you are applying under the accelerated route to settlement)
  • You must be a genuine entrepreneur
  • you’ve been living in the UK for 5 years, (or 3 years if are applying under the accelerated route to settlement)
  • You must not have been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months
  • You must have passed the Life in the UK test
  • You must meet the English language requirement
  • Your application must not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal

Our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your ILR Tier 1 Entrepreneur application. READ MORE

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Accelerated ILR

A Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant can apply for ILR after 3 years residence in the UK under the Accelerated Route. You cannot, however, combine a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) leave with leave in any other category to meet the continuous leave requirement. Your qualifying period can include time from the date when your initial application (for entry clearance or leave to remain) was approved. An application for ILR as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur under the Accelerated Route is made using a SET (O) application form which is available online at the Home Office, UKVI website. The application for ILR under the Accelerated Route can only be made by post as the Home Office, UKVI do not allow Premium Service (Same Day Service) for such applications.

You can apply for ILR under the Accelerated Route up to 28 days before you complete 3 years residence in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant.

You can apply for ILR under the accelerated route under the following circumstances:

  • You have created two jobs for settled workers and invested £200,000 funds in the business and the turnover of the business in the last 3 years was not less than £5 millions; or
  • You have created 10 jobs for settled workers for 12 consecutive months and invested £200,000 funds in your business.

Our expert team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Accelerated ILR. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Entrepreneur Accelerated ILR application. READ MORE

Applications By Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependants

Our specialist team of dependant visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration advice and representations for following applications for dependants of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant:

UK Visa Entry Clearance As Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant
Switching Into Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant Visa
Extension Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant Visa
ILR As Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant

Need legal advice and representations for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant visa application? Contact our expert team of dependant visa solicitors for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal advice and representations for Tier 1 Entrepreneur dependant visa application. Ask a question to our specialist team of dependant visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Entrepreneur dependant visa application. READ MORE

How To Challenge Refusal Decision?

If your application as Tier 1 Entrepreneur or as Dependant of Tier 1 Entrepreneur has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI, we can provide the required legal advice and representations to challenge the refusal of your application. Our services for challenging such refusals are as follows:

Administrative Review Against Refusal Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
Administrative Review Against Refusal Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependant Visa
Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) Against Home Office UKVI
Immigration Judicial Review (JR) In The Upper Tribunal (UT)

FAQs - Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa UK - Entry Clearance

What are the useful online sources for information about Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa UK entry clearance?

Following are the useful online sources of information and advice relating to Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance:

Home Office UKVI Guidance On Application For UK Visa As Tier 1 Entrepreneur

The Home Office UKVI guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 Entrepreneur is a useful source of information for applicants who are considering to apply for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur.

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245DB. Requirements For Entry Clearance

Paragraph 245DB in part 6A of the Immigration Rules lays down the requirements an applicant has to meet for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur.

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OANDA Currency Coverter

OANDA Currency Coverter is the Home Officer UKVI approved currency converter to convert foreign currency to Great Britain Pounds (GBP).

Can I apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance from outside the UK.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa category has been closed by the Home Office UKVI from 30 March 2019 for initial applications and has been replaced by Innovator visa category. However, a person with Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur leave or someone who switched from Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur to Start-up visa can still make initial application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Also, a person who previously had Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa in last 12 months can apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance from outside the UK.

What is the processing time of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance application?

Standard Service

An application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance made using standard service is normally granted within 3 to 4 weeks.

Priority Service

If the Prioirty Service is available in the country you’re applying from you can choose the ‘priority service’ when you apply. There will be an additional cost for this service. A decision will be made within 5 working days of your appointment at the visa application centre.

Check with your visa application centre to see if the priority visa service is available in the country you’re applying from. The priority visa service is available in most countries.

You might wait longer for a decision if your application is not straightforward and more information is required before a decision is made. If your application is delayed, you will be informed by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) within the standard timescales for your visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance?

You can apply for UK visa entry clearance for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you have:

  • a valid Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • a valid Start-up visa, and you switched from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year
  • a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa that expired less than 12 months ago
  • a Start-up visa that expired less than 12 months ago, and you switched from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year

What are the conditions of grant of UK visa entry clearance as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

Permission to stay under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route will be subject to the following conditions:

  • no recourse to public funds (which means you will not be able to claim most benefits paid by the state);
  • registration with the police, if this is required by paragraph 326 of the Immigration Rules;
  • no employment other than working for the business or businesses that you have established, joined or taken over, but working for such business(es) does not include any work you do which is effectively employment with another business;
  • no employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach); and
  • study subject to getting ATAS certificate, where required by the Rules.

Can I sponsor my dependants to join me or accompany me to the UK?

You can sponsor your dependants (spouse/partner and children under the age of 18) to accompany you to the UK or to join you later in the UK as your dependants.

What Is The Points Based Criteria For Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Entry Clearance?

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Attributes Section, English language and funds for maintenance. A Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant should score 95 points in total to qualify for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant. The breakdown of the required points for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points
The applicant must demonstrate that they have access to funds of at least £50,000 which is available to them or their business. 25
The applicant’s money is held in one or more regulated financial institution 25
The applicant’s money is disposable in the UK. If the applicant is applying for leave to remain the money must be held in the UK. 25
Funds for maintenance 10
English language 10
Total Points 95

Do I need a business plan to apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa for the UK?

If the applicant is making an initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance application, they must provide a business plan, setting out their proposed business activities in the UK and how they expect to make their business succeed.

Do I need overseas criminal record certificate to apply for my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance?

If you are applying for entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant or as an adult dependant (over 18 years old) of the main applicant in this route, you must provide an overseas criminal record certificate for any country you have been present in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more, in the 10 years prior to your application.

You must provide the following specified documents:

  • The certificate, for each country (excluding the UK) where you resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, since aged 18 years old, issued by the overseas authority, and
  • If the original is not in English, then you must provide a translated copy of certificate, in line with the requirements set out in the criminal records checks guidance on GOV.UK.

Certificates will only be considered valid if they have been issued within 6 months of the visa application or within the expressed validity period of the document, whichever is shorter. Current information on how to obtain certificates from various countries can be found in the criminal records checks guidance on GOV.UK.

If you are unable to obtain a certificate, for example, because the country does not produce such documents or because of any other reasons, you must provide a letter which details your attempts to obtain a certificate and confirm why this has not been possible. You should submit this letter with your other supporting documents when you apply. UKVI will consider your explanation against the situation in those countries and decide whether to waive the requirement. If UKVI concludes that it is possible for you to obtain a certificate but you have failed to do so, you will be asked again to provide a certificate.

If you fail to provide any certificates or an acceptable explanation, your application will be refused under paragraph 320 (2A) of the General Grounds for Refusal in Part 9 of the Immigration Rules. If you provide false or fraudulently obtained certificates your application will be refused. You may also be subject to a 10 year ban for any future entry clearance applications.

How can I challenge the refusal of my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance application?

If your application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), you can apply for Administrative Review (AR) of the refusal decision within 28 days of receiving the refusal decision.

The Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) will consider your request for Administrative Review (AR) and give a decision on your request within 28 days of receiving the same. If the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) maintains the decision to refuse your application in the Administrative Review decision, you then have the option of either re-applying for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa or challenge the refusal decision by way of Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and Judicial Review (JR).

FAQs - Switching Into Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

What are the useful online sources for information about switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

Following are the useful online sources of information for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK:

Home Office UKVI Guidance On Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

The Home Office UKVI guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 Entrepreneur is a useful source of information for applicants who are considering to apply for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK.

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245DD. Requirements For Leave To Remain

Paragraph 245DD in part 6A of the Immigration Rules lays down the requirements an applicant has to meet for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK.

gov.uk logo

OANDA Currency Coverter

OANDA Currency Coverter is the Home Officer UKVI approved currency converter to convert foreign currency to Great Britain Pounds (GBP).

Can I apply for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa category has been closed by the Home Office UKVI from 30 March 2019 for initial applications and has been replaced by Innovator visa category. However, a person with Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur leave or someone who switched from Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur to Start-up visa can still make initial application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.

What is the processing time for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK?

An application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK can only be made using standard service and is normally granted within 3 to 4 weeks.

Priority Service or Super Priority Service is not available to applicants applying for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK.

What are the eligibility requirements for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from inside the UK?

If you’re already in the UK you may be able to switch to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if:

  • you’re on a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • you switched to a Start-up visa from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa for your second year

You must meet the eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. You must have:

  • £50,000 in funds to spend in the UK
  • a viable business plan

Additionally, you should also meet the English language requirment and the funds for maintenance requirement.

What are the conditions of grant of leave to remain as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

Permission to stay under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route will be subject to the following conditions:

  • no recourse to public funds (which means you will not be able to claim most benefits paid by the state);
  • registration with the police, if this is required by paragraph 326 of the Immigration Rules;
  • no employment other than working for the business or businesses that you have established, joined or taken over, but working for such business(es) does not include any work you do which is effectively employment with another business;
  • no employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach); and
  • study subject to getting ATAS certificate, where required by the Rules.

Can I sponsor my dependants to stay with me to the UK?

You can sponsor your dependants (spouse/partner and children under the age of 18) to stay with you in the UK as your dependants.

What is the points based criteria for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa from inside the UK?

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Attributes Section, English language and funds for maintenance. A Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant should score 95 points in total to qualify for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. The breakdown of the required points for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is given in the table below:

Criterion Points
The applicant must demonstrate that they have access to funds of at least £50,000 which is available to them or their business. 25
The applicant’s money is held in one or more regulated financial institution 25
The applicant’s money is disposable in the UK. If the applicant is applying for leave to remain the money must be held in the UK. 25
Funds for maintenance 10
English language 10
Total Points 95

Do I need a business plan to apply for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

If the applicant is making an initial application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, they must provide a business plan, setting out their proposed business activities in the UK and how they expect to make their business succeed.

FAQs - Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension

What are the useful online sources for information about Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension?

Following are the useful online sources of information relating to Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension:

Home Office UKVI Guidance On Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension

The Home Office UKVI guidance on application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension is a useful source of information for applicants who are considering to apply for UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension.

gov.uk logo

245DD. Requirements For Leave To Remain

Paragraph 245DD in part 6A of the Immigration Rules lays down the requirements an applicant has to meet for extension of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.

gov.uk logo

OANDA Currency Coverter

OANDA Currency Coverter is the Home Officer UKVI approved currency converter to convert foreign currency to Great Britain Pounds (GBP).

Can I apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension from outside the UK.

Yes, you can apply for extension/renewal of your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from outside the UK by making an application for entry clearance. An application for extension of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from outside the UK can be made using Priority Service which can be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 5 working days.

What is the processing time of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application?

Standard Service

An application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension made from inside the UK using standard service is normally granted within 8 weeks. If your application is complicated, it may take longer.

Priority Service

If you apply for extension of your application from outside the UK through an entry clearance application, you may be able to use the Priority Service. If the Prioirty Service is available in the country you’re applying from you can choose the ‘priority service’ when you apply. There will be an additional cost for this service. A decision will be made within 5 working days of your appointment at the visa application centre.

Check with your visa application centre to see if the priority visa service is available in the country you’re applying from. The priority visa service is available in most countries.

You might wait longer for a decision if your application is not straightforward and more information is required before a decision is made. If your application is delayed, you will be informed by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) within the standard timescales for your visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension?

You can apply to extend or renew your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you:

  • registered as a director or as self-employed no more than 6 months after the date you were given permission to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
  • can prove you’ve been self-employed, a member of a partnership or working as a director of a business 3 months before you apply
  • created at least 2 full time jobs that have existed for at least 12 months
  • can continue to support yourself

You must also have invested into 1 or more UK businesses either:

  • £200,000 in cash
  • £50,000 in cash

The amount of investment depends on the level of funds your initial application was based on.

What is the deadline to apply for extension/renewal of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

Existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants can submit applications to extend their stay before 6 April 2023. If you switched from Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) to Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, you can extend your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa before 6 July 2025.

Can my dependants apply for their extension at the same time when I apply extension of my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

If you have dependants in the UK on Tier 1 Entrepreneur dependant visa, you can include your dependants in your extension application so that you and your dependants are granted extension of stay at same time.

What is the points based criteria for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension?

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Attributes Section, English language and funds for maintenance. A Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant should score 95 points in total to qualify for extension of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. The breakdown of the required points for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension is given in the table below:

Criterion Points
The applicant has invested, or had invested on their behalf, not less than £200,000 (or £50,000 if, in their last grant of leave, they were awarded points for funds of £50,000) in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK. 20

Within 6 months of entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as Tier 1 Entrepreneur, the applicant has registered with:

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as self-employed
  • Companies House as a director of a new or an existing company or a member of a new or existing partnership
20

On a date no earlier than 3 months before the date of application, the applicant was registered with:

  • HMRC as self-employed
  • Companies House as a director of a new or an existing company or member of a new or an existing partnership
15

The applicant has:

  • established a new business or businesses that has or have created the equivalent of at least 2 new full-time jobs for persons settled in the UK
  • taken over or joined an existing business or businesses and their services or investment have resulted in a net increase in the employment provided by the business or businesses for persons settled in the UK by creating the equivalent of at least 2 new full-time jobs

The jobs must have existed for at least 12 months of the period for which the most recent leave was granted or, where that leave was granted less than 12 months ago, for at least the 12 months immediately before the date of the current application.

20
Funds for maintenance 10
English language 10
Total Points

How many jobs do I have to create for extension of my Tier 1 Entreprneur visa?

To succeed in an application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension, the applicant must show that he has created at least 2 new jobs. If the applicant established a new business or businesses or invested in an existing business, they must have created the equivalent of 2 extra full-time paid jobs for at least 2 people who are settled in the UK. Each job must have existed for at least 12 months. Both team members of an entrepreneurial team can use the same evidence for creating employment.

A single job need not consist of 12 consecutive months (for example it could exist for 6 months in one year and 6 months the following year), providing it is the same job (different jobs that have existed for less than 12 months cannot be combined together to make up a 12 month period). The jobs need not exist at the date of application, provided they have existed for 12 months.

The jobs must comply with the UK regulations, including the working time directive. The Home Office defines full-time as a 30-hour working week.

What is meant by "the equivalent of" a full time job?

“The equivalent of” a full time job means two or more part time jobs which add up to 30 hours a week will count as one full time job, if both jobs exist for at least 12 months. However, one full time job of more than 30 hours work a week will not count as more than one full time job.

How can I apply for extension of my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

You can apply for extension of your TIer 1 Entrepreneur visa online. When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).

You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment

How can I apply for extension of my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from outside the UK?

If you’re outside the UK, you must apply online to extend a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

What is the genuine Entrepreneur test for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension?

Migrants making an extension application are subject to a genuine entrepreneur test.

To meet the requirements of genuine Entrepreneur test, Home Office UKVI must be satisfied that the migrant:

  • has established, taken over or become a director of one or more genuine businesses in the UK, and has genuinely operated that business
  • has genuinely invested the required investment funds into one or more genuine businesses in the UK
  • intends to continue operating one or more businesses in the UK
  • does not intend to take employment other than under the terms of paragraph 245DE

For genuine Entrepreneur test, the Home Office UKVI will take into account the following:

  • the evidence submitted by the applicant;
  • the viability and credibility of the source of funds for investment;
  • the credibility of the financial accounts of the applicant's business or businesses;
  • the credibility of the applicant's business activity in the UK;
  • the credibility of the job creation for which the applicant is claiming points if the nature of the business requires mandatory accreditation, registration and/or insurance, whether that accreditation, registration and/or insurance has been obtained;
  • any other relevant information.

Will Home Office UKVI ask me to attend an interview to decide my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application?

The Home Office UKVI may ask you to attend an interview in relation to your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application. The purpose of the interview is for the Home Office UKVI to be fully satisfied with the genuineness of your buinsess in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur including genuineness of job creation and genuineness of investment of funds in the UK business.

The Home Office UKVI may refuse your Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application if you do not comply with any request for you to attend an interview, unless a reasonable explanation is provided as to why you cannot comply.

What is the definition of a new business?

A business will only be considered a “new” business if you established it no earlier than 12 months (or 24 months if you were previously granted leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) migrant) before the date of the application which led to your first grant of leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant.

What is the definition of a full time for the purposes of creating jobs for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension?

A full time job is one involving at least 30 hours of paid work a week. "The equivalent of” a full time job means two or more part time jobs which add up to 30 hours a week will count as one full time job, if both jobs exist for at least 12 months. However, one full time job of more than 30 hours work a week will not count as more than one full time job.

FAQs - ILR Tier 1 Entrepreneur

What are the useful online sources for information about ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

Following are the useful online sources of information for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as Tier 1 Entrepreneur:

Home Office UKVI Guidance On ILR As Tier 1 Entrepreneur

The Home Office UKVI guidance on Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a useful source of information for applicants who are considering to apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur.

gov.uk logo

245F. Requirements For Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR)

Paragraph 245DF in part 6A of the Immigration Rules lays down the requirements an applicant has to meet for ILR as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur.

gov.uk logo

OANDA Currency Coverter

OANDA Currency Coverter is the Home Officer UKVI approved currency converter to convert foreign currency to Great Britain Pounds (GBP).

Can I apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur from outside the UK?

No, you cannot apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur from outside the UK and an ILR application application can only be made from inside the UK.

What is the processing time of ILR application as Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

An application for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur can only be made using a standard service under which an application for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur is normally decided within 3 to 6 months. If your application is complicated, it may take longer.

What are the eligibility requirements for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

You can apply Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant if:

  • You currently have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
  • You must have created 2 jobs during your last grant of leave (10 jobs if you are applying under the accelerated route to settlement)
  • You must be a genuine entrepreneur
  • you’ve been living in the UK for 5 years, (or 3 years if are applying under the accelerated route to settlement)
  • You must not have been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months
  • You must have passed the Life in the UK test
  • You must meet the English language requirement
  • Your application must not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal
  • You must mut not be in breach of UK immigration laws except where paragraph 39E of the Immigration Rules applies

What is the deadline to apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

Existing Tier 1 Entrepreneur applicants can apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur before 6 April 2025. However, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant who switched from Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur can apply for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant before 6 July 2027.

What is the points based criteria for ILR as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur?

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Attributes Section for the grant of ILR to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant. A Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant should score 75 points in total from Attributes Section to qualify for ILR as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. The breakdown of the required points for Tier 1 Entrepreneur ILR application is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

The applicant has invested, or had invested on his behalf, not less than £200,000 (or £50,000 if, in his last grant of leave, he was awarded points for funds of £50,000) in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK.

The applicant will not need to provide evidence of this investment if they were awarded points for it in their previous grant of entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant (this includes the evidence to demonstrate that the investment was in a UK business).

20

On a date no earlier than 3 months before the date of application, the applicant was registered with:

  • HMRC as self-employed
  • Companies House as a director of a new or an existing company or member of a new or an existing partnership
20

The applicant has:

  • established a new business or businesses that has or have created the equivalent of at least 2 new full-time jobs for persons settled in the UK
  • taken over or joined an existing business or businesses and their services or investment have resulted in a net increase in the employment provided by the business or businesses for persons settled in the UK by creating the equivalent of at least 2 new full-time jobs

The jobs must have existed for at least 12 months of the period for which the most recent leave was granted or, where that leave was granted less than 12 months ago, for at least the 12 months immediately before the date of the current application.

20

The applicant has spent the specified continuous period lawfully in the UK, with absences from the UK of no more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months during that period. The specified period must have been spent with leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant. The specified continuous period is:

  • 3 years, if the number of new full-time jobs created is at least 10
  • 3 years, if the applicant has:
    • established a new UK business with an income from business activity of at least £5 million during a 3 year period in which the applicant has had leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant
    • taken over or invested in an existing UK business and their services or investment have resulted in a net increase in income from business activity to that business of £5 million during a 3 year period in which the applicant has had leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant, when compared to the immediate preceding 3 year period
  • 5 years in all other cases
15
Total Points 75

How many jobs do I have to create for ILR as Tier 1 Entreprneur?

To succeed in an application for ILR as Tier 1 Entrepreneur, the applicant must show that he has created at least 2 new jobs. If the applicant established a new business or businesses or invested in an existing business, they must have created the equivalent of 2 extra full-time paid jobs for at least 2 people who are settled in the UK. Each job must have existed for at least 12 months. where the applicant is applying for ILR as a part of an Entrepreneurial Team, both team members can use the same evidence for creating employment.

A single job need not consist of 12 consecutive months (for example it could exist for 6 months in one year and 6 months the following year), providing it is the same job (different jobs that have existed for less than 12 months cannot be combined together to make up a 12 month period). The jobs need not exist at the date of application, provided they have existed for 12 months.

The jobs must comply with the UK regulations, including the working time directive. The Home Office defines full-time as a 30-hour working week.

What is meant by "the equivalent of" a full time job?

“The equivalent of” a full time job means two or more part time jobs which add up to 30 hours a week will count as one full time job, if both jobs exist for at least 12 months. However, one full time job of more than 30 hours work a week will not count as more than one full time job.

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