It is possible to start a business in the UK by establishing your own business or by working at an existing business. If you are an entrepreneur, or you have a business idea, you can apply for a business visa to establish your own company. Similarly, Turkish and Croatian nationals are able to apply for a business visa that will show they are eligible to start a business in the UK.
Start a Business in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur
As its name suggests, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a type of business visa for those who wish to start a business in the UK. In order to do so, the applicant will need to have access to £200,000 to invest in that business. This can be their own money, or it can be made available by a third party such as a relative or friend. To obtain this business visa, the applicant will also need to submit a business plan with their application, showing not only their business idea, but also their market research, the projected costs of their business and plans for growth, which might be tested in an interview called the genuine entrepreneur test. Once the applicant has been awarded a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, they can stay in the UK for 3 years and 4 months.
It is also possible for two people to apply for this business visa to start a business in the UK as part of an entrepreneurial team. Applicants on this route will still need access to £200,000, but the team members can share the same funds. The same requirements will also need to be satisfied, but the financial requirement will be more manageable split between two people. For applicants who are not as interested in the hands-on running of a business, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route also allows applicants to invest £200,000 in a pre-existing UK business.
Start a Business in the UK as a Turkish Businessperson
Turkish nationals who want to start a business in the UK are able to do so by applying for a Turkish Businessperson visa. This business visa will also allow Turkish nationals to join an existing business – so long as they have an active part in the running of that business.
When applying for this business visa, Turkish nationals who want to start a business in the UK must demonstrate that they want to set up a viable business, and that they have the enough funds to establish that business. The applicant must also demonstrate that they have are able to pay costs of running the business, and that the profits they make will be enough to support both them and their family without needing another job.
A Turkish Businessperson can also join an existing company or partnership so long as they play an active part in running the business, and that there is a genuine need at that business for the Turkish Businessperson’s services and investment.
Start a Business in the UK as a Croatian National with a Yellow Registration Certificate
Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013, and will be subject to transitional measures until 2020, meaning that Croatian nationals in the UK are subject to a worker authorization scheme. As such, whilst Croatian nationals do not require permission or a business visa to work in the UK, it is often necessary to obtain proof that they are eligible to do so. For Croatian nationals who want to be self-employed or start a business in the UK, this can be done by applying for a Yellow Registration Certificate. This document will prove the right of the Croatian national to be self-employed, and will register them with the UK government.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Turkish Businessperson and Croatian Yellow Registration Certificate Business Visa
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Turkish Businessperson or Croatian Yellow Registration Certificate business visas application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Turkish Businessperson and Yellow Registration Certificate Business Visa Applications
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Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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