If you want to set up your business in the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa. You can read more about this visa category here. You will need to have access to substantial start-up funds not less than £200,000, or £50,000 if you are switching from a post-study work visa. In addition to this, you need to be able to demonstrate that you intend to start a business in the UK. This is often established through the entrepreneur visa interview, which takes place with an immigration official.

Throughout the entrepreneur visa interview, you will be asked questions about your work history and business plan to help determine if your business idea is genuine. In rare situations, you may not be asked to attend an interview, but this is not a common occurrence, therefore everyone applying for a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa should be prepared for the interview stage.

How to prepare for your entrepreneur visa interview

You will be asked a series of questions on the following topics:

  • Your work history and experience
  • Your business plan and how you intend to set up a business
  • Your immigration history

In order to prepare for your entrepreneur visa interview, you should make sure you have thought about all of this information. The questions might not only be about your own business plan but might include more practical questions about how businesses in the UK operate. For example, you might be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of how commercial leases work, or you could be asked to state the minimum wage and offer an outline of how you intend to hire workers. For this reason, it’s important that you have an in-depth business plan, as this will help you to plan your answers for many of the business based questions.

What questions will they ask?

The exact questions will be based on your application and business plan, so it’s difficult to know what might be asked. The best way to prepare is by rereading your application and ensuring you are very familiar with the content of your application and business plan.

Get help with your entrepreneur visa interview

If you need assistance preparing your application or preparing for your interview, get in touch with the IAS immigration team. They will be able to advise you on how to prepare for the interview process to ensure success.