The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application is ideal for overseas business people who aspire to start up or take over an existing business in the UK with a view to long-term settlement. Applicants who successfully apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application will be initially granted permission to reside in the UK for 3 years and 4 months. Applicants who wish to extend their stay must submit a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application and must ensure that they do this before the expiry of their current visa. In order to successfully apply it is important for Applicants to have complied with the visa conditions put on them at the time of the grant of their Tier 1 Entrepreneur application.
Preparing early for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application
If your initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application is successful it is imperative for Applicants to have a well-prepared forecast of what steps must be taken to finalise the setup or acquisition of an existing business in the UK. Failure to prepare may have a detrimental impact on the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application. Further, this could have a detrimental impact on the business and future settlements plans in the UK. This is also likely to have a negative impact on any dependents to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur application unless they have switched into another visa category since the initial grant.
Eligibility requirements for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application
The First step in submitting a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application is to ensure that the initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa conditions have been fulfilled. The main criterions that must be met are as follows:
- Applicants must be able to prove that they have invested the original £200,000 into a new or existing business;
- Applicants must be able to show that the new or existing business has employed a minimum of two employees; and
- Applicants must show that they were registered as a director within the first 6 months of entering the UK and are still registered as a director at companies’ house.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension applications can be very complexed and technical therefore it is essential that legal advice is sought prior to the submission of any application. Often, it is the case that specialist professional legal advice is required from Immigration Lawyers. Applicants who meet the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application requirements will be granted a 2-year extension by the Home Office.
What’s next after the Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application?
Once an Applicant has continuously resided in the UK for a period of 5 years on the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route, the next steps would be to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and then British Citizenship by way of Naturalisation.
To qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also often referred to as Permeant Residence), Applicants must show that they meet the requirements under the Immigration Rules. The main requirements are to show that you have not travelled outside the UK for more than 180 days over the 5 year period and one of good character. The level of documentary evidence required in the Indefinite Leave to Remain application is great and a failure to provide all the mandatory documents is likely to result in a negative Home Office decision.
Following a successful Indefinite Leave to Remain application, Applicants must then hold Indefinite Leave to Remain for 12 months before applying to Naturalise as a British Citizen.
Using Legal Representation 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 application. 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 extension 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 Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully submit Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension 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 prospects of submitting a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension 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 extension application.
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