The Home Office has published Coronavirus advice for Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension applications. The amended advice provides flexibility for Applicants who may not meet the requirements due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. In order to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension, you must show that you have scored 95 points under the Points Based System and satisfy the Genuine Entrepreneur Test (investment, business activity & job creation). Whilst the route is closed to new applicants, extension applications will remain open until 5 April 2023 and settlement applications until 5 April 2025. The earliest you can apply for the extension is 28 days before the expiry of your current Tier 1 Entrepreneur leave.
Has Coronavirus jeopardised your Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension?
The Home Office has published further Coronavirus COVID-19 advice for Tier 1 Entrepreneurs whose businesses have been disrupted by the pandemic. There is no doubt the pandemic has had a devastating impact on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the UK. The Home Office has relaxed the job creation requirement for extension applications and businesses are no longer required to employ a minimum of 2 British/Settled workers for 12 consecutive months. The 12-month period can be made up of multiple jobs across different months. The Home Office has also confirmed that employees can be furloughed but unfortunately the furloughed period will not count towards the 12-month period.
Applicants who have not been able to employ staff for 12 months in total by the time their visa expires, can apply for a temporary extension so that they can meet the job creation requirement. These arrangements will continue to be available for applications made after 31 May 2020, where the jobs you are relying on were disrupted due to COVID-19.
How do you score 95 points for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension?
Applicants must score 95 points under the Points Based System to be granted a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension. The Immigration Rules outline what the extension requirements are and the Home Office policy guidance provides detailed information on each requirement. Applicants must score 75 points for Attributes and will be awarded points for the following (where applicable):
- Evidence of investment into the business;
- Evidence of registration with HM Revenue and Customs as self-employed;
- Evidence of registration with Companies House as a Director;
- Evidence of job creation.
You will be awarded a further 10 points for showing that you have passed an English language test at an approved test provider at level B1 of CEFR or you hold a degree taught in English or you are a national of a majority speaking country. You will be awarded a further 10 points for maintenance if you can show that you have at least £945 of personal savings, which have been held for 90 consecutive days prior to the submission of your application.
It is important for applicants to be aware of the mandatory documents required for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application. It is common for caseworkers at the Home Office to refuse applications where there are missing documents. If you instruct us our Immigration Team will prepare a bespoke documents list, which outlines the mandatory, and supporting documents required for the extension application.
How our immigration solicitors can help with a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application?
Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension applications and prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful visa applications for a range of different professionals. The key to submitting successful visa applications is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules and submitting the correct supporting documents. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the application bundle to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the online Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application.
Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to submit a successful Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with an application to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension applications, which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension visa applications with our Immigration Solicitors in London
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements under the Immigration Rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
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 to discuss a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension visa application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.