Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) settlement

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) settlement

If you have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, you may be able to apply for settlement (ILR) in the UK if you have been living in the UK for 5 years or more.

Please note that this is not the same as Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) accelerated settlement, which would enable you to apply for ILR after 3 years of living in the UK under permitted circumstances.


If you are aged 18-64 when you apply, you must also pass the Life in the UK Test and meet the English language requirements.

Requirement of continuous residence:

Continuous residence is defined as the period of time you are in the UK, which should be 5 or more years, unless you wish to apply for accelerated settlement. You must not have left the UK for more than 180 days a year during your 5 year continuous residence.

Applying with family members:

Your partner and/or children under 18 can be included in your settlement application, providing they meet the eligibility requirements.

How to apply:

You can apply with form SET(O) either online or via postal order. You may also use a premium service centre for postal orders. The documentation you will need to provide will be outlined on the form and may vary depending on your circumstances.

A postal order application costs £2,389 for you and an additional £2,389 per dependant, if any.

You will be contacted within 6 months if your application has been successful; however, this may take longer if your application is particularly complex.

Refusal of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) settlement application:

Your application may be refused for various reasons, such as:

  • A criminal record in the UK or elsewhere
  • Providing false or incomplete information to the Home Office
  • Breaking UK immigration law

Your application may also be refused under the general grounds for refusal. Please contact us for more information on the grounds of refusal.

How can we help?

We are a specialist immigration law firm with extensive experience in handling Entrepreneur applications. We can ensure you apply correctly with the required documentation in the stipulated format and guide you through each step of the application process, which would otherwise be complex and time-consuming.

For more information on this type of visa, visit our Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) accelerated settlement pages.

Contact us for a free initial 15-minute consultation to discuss your situation and to increase your chances of a successful application.

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