Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route is closed. However Innovator, Start-up, Sole representative visa, Tier 1 Investor and Tier 2 route are still open.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is intended to allow migrants to set up businesses in the UK in order to create jobs and growth. UKVI has also introduced a test of genuineness to prevent abuse of the visas granted under this category.

The primary requirements to be met by an applicant to apply as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa are they:

  • must want to set up or run a business in the UK
  • be from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland
  • meet other requirements including
  • access to at least £ 50,000 in funding
  • meet the English language requirement
  • be able to support yourself during your stay
  • score 95 points – check your points score
  • be at least 16 years old

There are a few options under this category:

Access to £50,000

Applicants who have access to £50,000 in investment funds from one or more of the following:

  • a UK entrepreneurial seed funding competition endorsed by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)
  • a UK government department making funds available for the purpose of setting up or expanding a UK business

Applicants who are from outside the UK can also apply if their funds are from a venture capital firm registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Former Tier 1 (Graduate) Entrepreneurs

Students who were previously granted Tier 1 (Graduate) Entrepreneur can apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, if they meet the following requirements if they:

  • are applying to change (switch) your visa (‘leave to remain’)
  • have or were last granted a visa or leave to enter the UK as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • have funding from any source

Access to £200,000

In order to apply as Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa if the applicants have access to £200,000 in investment funds, the applicants will need to prove that the money is either:

  • their own
  • made available to them by other people (‘third parties’), e.g. a husband, wife, partner or investor
  • in a joint account with your spouse or partner but only if they aren’t applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

If you are interested in applying as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa or a Tier 1 Investor and to check your eligibility apply for the same, email us on info@smartmove2uk.com or call on +91 98191 27002 to book an appointment for a consultation. We have a dedicated business immigration specialists dealing specifically with High Net Worth individuals who require advice and assistance to meet the terms of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa UK requirements.

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