How can I obtain ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?
The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is designed for individuals who wish to come to the UK to establish a business.
This visa is initially granted for a period of 3 years and 4 months, following which you may be able to apply for settlement in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Remain, ILR) if you meet the criteria for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur accelerated settlement route.
If you do not qualify for accelerated settlement, you have the option of extending your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa for an additional 2 years.
After 5 years you may apply for ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur settlement route.
What are the requirements for ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route?
If you apply for IRL under the standard 5-year settlement route for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holders, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have legally resided in the UK under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route for a continuous period of 5 years. You must not have spent more than 180 days per year outside the country
- You must have sufficient English language skills and have passed the Life in the UK test
- You must provide detailed evidence of the business that you have set up as well as of its activities. This includes proving that the business is “genuine” and actively trading
- Your business must have created at least two new full-time jobs for settled workers which have lasted at least 12 months
Applications for ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa require fewer specified documents than applications for an extension of a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, since the “investment” part of the application will have already been assessed.
Nonetheless, it is crucial that the documents which are specified for ILR are fully compliant and prepared carefully. Demonstrating the genuineness of your business and the creation of 2 new full-time jobs is a crucial element of your application for which you should seek professional legal advice.
NA Law can help you obtain ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route
NA Law Solicitors is a niche immigration law firm specialising in this area of law. Our team of specialist immigration Lawyers in London can assist you with the entire process. We will take instructions from you during the initial consultation stage, advise on the most appropriate documents to gather in support of your application and draft detailed legal representations. Finally, we will liaise with the Home Office until a final decision is made on your application. Please feel free to get in touch for a free case assessment on how to meet with the requirements to apply for ILR under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route.