Our lawyers specialise in assisting clients who wish to remain in the UK will come to the UK in order to set up a joint businesses.
We think that the lawyers should not only be able to navigate the immigration process for you, but should also be able to recognise the unique part of your business and understand how they fit together with the immigration process.
Our lawyers will always ensure that they:
We’re also able to advise where possible about which businesses on most suited to both the Entrepreneur Visa and Visa requirements generally in the UK. We ensure that that we handle the process from beginning to the end.
Our lawyers have even been able to advise on a limited basis on the business itself, giving tips about strategy and set up.
We think we add a great deal of value to clients because we place your business and your plans at the heart of the visa process.
Key aspects of our entrepreneur visa service are:
The requirements of the Entrepreneur Visa
The requirements of the these are subject to change and you should contact our lawyers for the latest changes.
However it is important to know that generally there’re four major requirements for entrepreneur visa.
The first is the requirement to speak English. This is broken down essentially as follows. You meet the requirements if :
The 200,000 seed capital
The next requirement is the individuals are able to invest £200,000 into their business, on occasion this will be £50,000 but this is only a limited circumstances and you call our lawyers for more information.
Taking the £200,000 scenario as our paradigm, these funds have to be cleared and not subject to any restrictions and be transferable to the UK. They can however be in the UK already as long as they’ve entered in UK in the last 12 months and also can be held in a third party’s name they cannot be held in a company account.
You should contact our immigration lawyers further guidance on this often complex issue.
The Home Office also requires that individuals and their families have enough maintenance funds to live on prior to their application to come to the UK and these funds are to be held for 90 days in the main applicant’s account and in potentially limited situations in the dependent’s account.
The evidence of this must be shown in the application and these funds must be held in the individual’s name – not in a company name and should not have dipped below a minimum balance.
At the time of writing and since April 2014, the rules require £3310 to be held by the main applicant and £1900 to be held either by or on behalf of each of the dependents to the application.
Genuine Entrepreneur Test
The final requirement is perhaps the most complex and clearly the most objective. The requirements of the entrepreneur visa since 31 January 2013 has been to also prove to immigration authorities that there is a genuine intention to set up a business which is valid and will be running in the United Kingdom. This is a difficult question to answer. Applicants often find it difficult to prove their future intention. And this is where we believe we had the most value to clients.
We are able to advise in a very common sense manner on the following issues:
Beyond the Visa
Our lawyers can also clearly advise on the process beyond obtainingthe visa.
If there is no clear plan on how to extend the visa in three years time , this can cause issues. We therefore advise our clients right from the outset how their plan will work in three years time.
We aim to project manage and advise our clients as regards the whole process right up to the point of indefinite leave to remain and up to obtaining a British passport.
Contact our immigration office today for clear focused advice on immigration and business.
In April 2012 a variation of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa was introduced for holders of the now closed Tier 1 Post-Study work visa (PSW) to switch in to the entrepreneur category with only £50,000 seed capital, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa allows an applicant and their dependants to remain in the UK on the basis of their business.
In order to qualify an applicant must prove the following:
If the above can be demonstrated using specified documentation a grant of 3 years leave will be granted, this leave can be extended for a further 2 years. At the 5 year point the applicant can then apply for Permanent residency and subsequently nationality one year later.
This visa category is perfect for applicant’s whom have a skilled business with little start-up costs or overheads, It will allow a holder the freedom to run several businesses and use their time growing their own business or offering their services as a contractor.
The above process can also be completed with another applicant creating a team, meaning that the total funding between the two applicants would be £50,000 (£25,000 each). If the applicant does not wish to start their business or it is not yet trading before they apply or their business activity is not that of a graduate level service then they would not qualify for this visa, they would therefore need to apply for the £200,000 category.
Some important aspects of the PSW Entrepreneur visa:
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