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Entrepreneur visa category has been closed by the Home Office UKVI from 30 March 2019 for initial applications and has been replaced by Innovator visa category.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.

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Specialist Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Solicitors
Eligibility Requirements For Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Entry Clearance
Points Based Criteria For Tier 1 Entrepreneur Entry Clearance
Available Funds For Investment
Business Plan
Entrepreneurial Team
English Language Requirement
Maintenance Funds
How Can We Help?
How Much We Charge?
Why Choose Us?
Need Help? Book An Appointment
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Specialist Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Solicitors

Our Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors are specialists for providing expert legal advice and representations for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant. As specialist Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa solicitors, we have wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with UK visa entry clearance applications as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrants.

Need legal advice and representations for your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance? 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 your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance 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.

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

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 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

Available Funds For Investment

The applicant for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa must have access to available funds of investment which should be not less than £50,000 maintained in the bank account of the applicant for 90 days. If the applicant is relying on the funding from third party, the requirement to maintain the funds for 90 days does not apply.

The Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may ask the applicant to demonstrate that the funds they have used to apply under Tier 1 Entrepreneur category are still available to them beyond the date of their application. The funds must continue to be available to them until the funds are invested or spent as required by the Immigration Rules.

‘Available’ means that the funds must be one of the following:

  • in the applicant’s own possession
  • in the financial accounts of a UK business which they are running as a member of a partnership or as a director
  • available from the third party or parties named in their application (if applicable)

Home Office may check if the funds remain available to the applicant at other stages, for example, where the Immigration Tribunal has sent a case back to the Home Office for reconsideration and the evidence of funds originally provided by the applicant is significantly out of date.

Additionally, if the funds cease to be available to the applicant, this can be a ground for curtailment following the approval of a case. If the applicant relies on third party funding, the declaration from the third party must confirm the funds will remain available to the applicant until they are transferred to the applicant or to their business.

Business Plan

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.

Entrepreneurial Team

Under the Immigration Rules, 2 applicants can apply to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route by claiming points for the same investment. The applicants must:

  • have equal control over the funds and the business or businesses
  • be named in each other’s applications and in the specified evidence required
  • The applicants must not have previously been granted leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) on the basis of investment and/or business activity with any other applicant (other than each other), if the same funds are being relied on as in a previous application.

Home Office, UKVI will accept money held in an account which the applicant has jointly with any of the people listed below, providing the money is also available to the other entrepreneurial team member. They are the applicant’s:

  • husband
  • wife
  • civil partner
  • unmarried or same-sex partner

An unmarried or same-sex partner is defined as a person who has been living together with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years before the date of application. Money made available from third parties to the team’s business is acceptable.

Team members may enter the category at different times and apply from different locations (for example one in-country applicant and one out of country applicant). Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants investing in the same business who are not part of an entrepreneurial team may not use the same evidence of job creation. If either one or both members of the entrepreneurial team is applying in the UK, they may only rely on funds located in the UK.

English Language Requirement

The applicant must have English proficiency level at level B1. Most applicants would have completed UK degree course which will satisfy the English language requirement.

Maintenance Funds

  • The applicant must have at least £945;
  • If a main applicant and their partner or children are applying at the same time, there must be enough maintenance funds in total, as required for all the applications, otherwise all the applications will be refused;
  • The funds must have been held in the account for a consecutive 90 days;
    ending no earlier than 31 days before the date of application.

How Can We Help?

We can represent you in your application for switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa from outside the UK and do all the work until a decision is made by the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application. Our work will include:

  • assessing your eligibility for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant;
  • assessing your business plan;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, laws and procedures applicable to your application for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your UK visa entry clearance application;
  • assessing the documents to be submitted in support of your application and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your UK visa entry clearance application as Tier 1 Entrepreneur;
  • completing online application form to apply for UK visa as Tier 1 Entrepreneur;
  • submitting an online application, paying the UKVI fee for the UK visa application and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on your behalf and booking an appointment with the UK visa application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • preparing a cover letter explaining in detail how all the relevant requirements of the application for UK visa entry clearance are being satisfied, in particular, addressing the potential issue of the genuineness of the applicant as an Entrepreneur;
  • preparing you for a possible interview with the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) in relation to your application and discussing possible questions which the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may ask during the interview; and
  • doing all the follow-up work on your UK visa entry clearance application until a decision is received from the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).

How Much We Charge?

Our fees for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation related to UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Entrepreneur £80
One-Off Documents Checking Service for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa UK £400 (VAT not applicable)
Complete help and assistance with UK visa entry clearance application as Tier 1 Entrepreneur to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your UK visa entry clearance application From £1,500 To £2,000 (VAT not applicable)

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa entry clearance, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the entry clearance application.

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).

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