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Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa granted

We were instructed to represent a client in her application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and Tier 1 Entrepreneur dependants’ visa for her husband and children. The client had the necessary funds and met formal requirements for this category. Her concern was the genuine entrepreneur test, as she had never previously ran a business of her own and had not had a formal education in business management. She wanted to give it a try but was conscious that Home Office may not take her seriously. Our role as representatives included full support with the project in question. We discussed in


I am in the process of applying for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and have been called for an interview as part of the “Genuine entrepreneur” test. What can I expect and how can I make sure I am fully prepared?

While it is difficult to give a definitive list of questions you may be asked, one may expect that the interview will be aimed at assessment of the genuineness of your intention to run a business. You may be asked about the source of your funds, your business plan and market research you have carried out, as well as general questions about your background. The interviewer may also ask questions regarding any information submitted on the application form.  There is no requirement to have entrepreneurial experience in the past, but a robust presentation of your plans will be expected.

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My Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is due to expire and I would like to extend it. However, I am running a loss-making business. Do I have a chance to extend my visa?

Yes, you should be able to extend your visa. There is no requirement for Tier 1 entrepreneurs to make the business profitable or break even.

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Evidential flexibility for Tier 1 entrepreneurs – UT judgments

Three judgements of the Upper Tribunal address the complicated requirements of the immigration rules in relation to Tier 1 Entrepreneurs. The three cases were heard by the President of the Upper Tribunal, McCloskey J, and the appellants were represented by Ian MacDonald QC. The judgements highlight extreme complexity of the current rules and the need for minute attention to detail when preparing the applications.

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Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa

General Overview of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the Point Based System is for those who wish to set up, join in or take over a business in the UK and be actively involved in running this business. Entrepreneurs are required to invest in the business £200,000 which can be their own money or the money provided by a third party, in other words, a borrowed capital. There is a provision for a reduced amount of investment of £50,000 for those switching from Graduate Entrepreneur category or where the money is provided by an


Success rate of Tier 1 entrepreneur visa applications

In a written response to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the Home Office has provided information on the numbers of successful and unsuccessful applications for Tier 1 entrepreneur visas across 2011, 2012, and the first three quarters of 2013. It may be worth noting that the convoluted “genuine entrepreneur” test was introduced into the Immigration Rules on 31 January 2013, destroying the “points based” principle of mechanical assessment and re-introducing discretion in the assessment of the genuineness of intention and ability of the applicant. Not surprisingly, the Home Office figures show a dramatic increase in


Immigration Webinar: How to extend Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

In our first Webinar this year we will address some most common mistakes made by Tier 1 Entrepreneurs when applying for extension of their visa. The webinar will be of interest to people considering Entrepreneur visa as a potential immigration route to the UK, as well as for those who have already been issued with their initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and will seek to extend it before applying for settlement. It is often frustrating for us and perhaps even more so for our clients, if we have to tell them that they do not meet the requirements of the immigration rules due to a trivial and non-essential error which would have been so easy to correct, were it not too late...

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