Deadline for new Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa extensions

02 Nov 2023, 31 mins ago

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa was introduced for foreign entrepreneurs who wanted to invest in or set up and run a business in the UK. This visa route is no longer available to new applicants, but there may be an option to extend your leave or apply for settlement in the UK if you are already under this route. In this blog we will discuss the eligibility criteria for an extension.

If you currently hold a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, you may be eligible to apply for an extension in limited circumstances. The deadline for extending a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa for most applicants expired on 6 April 2023. If you meet the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you can apply for settlement under this route before 6 April 2025.

However, if you are a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) who held a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa, or you had a Start-up visa before eventually switching to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the deadline to extend your permission to stay in the UK is before 6 July 2025.

If you held permission as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and then switched to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the deadline to apply for ILR is before 6 July 2027.

If you are not eligible to apply before 6 July 2025 or 6 July 2027, you will need to make an application for ILR as you can no longer extend your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. If you do not meet the ILR requirements, you will need to switch to a different immigration category in order to remain in the UK.

Although individuals aspiring to set up a business in the UK can no longer apply under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Start-up routes, you may want to consider the Innovator Founder visa category.

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