The new ruling of the U.S. Supreme court (Trump v. Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, 2017 BL 218966, U.S., No. 16-1436, 6/26/17) on the President Trump’s travel ban appears to discourage Business Immigration in the US from Africa and the Middle East. The travel ban only allows persons from such countries into the US if they have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”. This has opened doors for more Business Immigration in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur routes as the UK Government has openly welcomed Business Immigration in the UK from Africa and the Middle East as well as from Europe and China; attracting the top intellects across the world.
Business Immigration options in the UK under the Tier 1 route
The U.S. visa application processing has been taking longer than usual, since President Trump suspended a program allowing some applicants to get a temporary visa without a formal interview, and now the application has to include an up-to-date letter from the employer to confirm that the employment is ongoing.
Before setting your business in the United Kingdom you might want to consider one of two types of immigration visa required: Tier 1 Investor visa and Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.
What is Tier 1 Investor visa?
The Tier 1 Investor visa is available to high net worth individuals who intend on making substantial investments in the UK. Applicants do not require a prior job offer in order to apply, nor need to demonstrate proficiency in English. However, Applicants must show that they have no less than £2 million of their own money and disposable in the UK. Please note that the more Applicants are prepared to invest, the quicker they will be able eligible to apply for Permanent Residency. Our expert business immigration team can assist you with your queries and assist you in the preparation of an application to the Home Office. We can guide you step by step and ensure that you submit a properly executed application with the requisite documents which confirm that you meet all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules.
What is Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?
The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa allows Applicants to set up their business in the UK or take over an existing business.
Applicants usually have to provide evidence that they have access to a minimum of £200,000 and be able to show their English Language ability, in order to satisfy the criteria set out to attain the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Additionally, the applicant is required to meet the maintenance requirement. In addition to this, Applicants will have to show that they meet the Tier 1 Genuine Entrepreneur Test. It is not uncommon for Applicants to be invited in for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview.
The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa leads to possible fast-track settlement in the UK if one is able to create ten jobs or achieve an annual turnover of £5 million a year.
Tier 1 Investor visa v Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa – Which Business Immigration Route is Best for You?
The most noticeable difference is the amount of the initial investment required once you’re in the UK. Though the Entrepreneur visa does require a larger sum to be available if the applicant is planning to get involved in growing a business the category possibly allows for far greater returns to enjoy. The attractive part of Investor visa that it doesn’t require the applicant to show one’s proficiency in the English Language, though its popularity has declined since the initial sum of available funds have been increased from previous £1 million.
Deciding on which visa type is better for you would be based on your personal aspirations, although contacting a legal representative is always advisable.
Using Legal Representation to prepare for a Tier 1 Business Visa 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 a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview demonstrating that you satisfy the Genuine Entrepreneur Test. 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 applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application succeeds and meets the Genuine Entrepreneur Test, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence in support of your Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 1 Business Visa Application
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 Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview and the merit of an application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant 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 visa application and whether you satisfy the Genuine Entrepreneur Test and the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.