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If you have set up a successful business and life in the UK, it is understandable that you might not want to leave it behind when your visa expires. If you are currently in the UK on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, you can apply for an Entrepreneur Visa extension.
To be eligible to do this, your business must have been financially successful during your time in the UK. When applying for an Entrepreneur Visa extension, timing is very important. You will need to apply for an extension at least eight weeks before your Entrepreneur Visa is due to expire. You can apply for an extension of up to two years, after which time you may be eligible to settle in the UK.
IAS’ highly-qualified immigration lawyers can help you with your Entrepreneur Visa extension. Extending your Entrepreneur Visa can be very tricky. You must be able to prove you can still meet the Entrepreneur Visa requirements and that your original business plan has been successful. One of our lawyers can work with you to make sure that you are fully prepared for your Entrepreneur Visa extension application which is very important, as your application will be scrutinised by the Home Office. We will help you to prepare the correct business documents and ongoing business forecasts which you will need for your application. One of our lawyers will also prepare a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This will include information about your case and its advantages, as well reference to any UK immigration laws that may support your application. Our lawyers will work with you to ensure that your chances of a successful Entrepreneur Visa extension are maximised. Contact us to speak with one of our immigration lawyers today.
An Entrepreneur Visa extension requires you to prove that your business dealings in the UK have proven to be successful. This means that you will need to provide evidence that you:
The business must also have been beneficial to the UK economy.
You must prove that you have invested your initial funding of either £50,000 or £200,000 into your business.
This business must have been the same as the business outlined in your original Entrepreneur Visa application.
You must also continue to meet the Tier 1 regulations, under the five-tier-points-based system.
You will need to prove that your current business has provided at least two full-time paying jobs for people settled in the UK to the Home Office.
You will also have to present evidence that you are planning on continuing to run a UK business if your Entrepreneur Visa is extended.
It is important to note that an application for an Entrepreneur Visa extension is different depending on whether you are in or outside the UK.
You can apply for an Entrepreneur Visa extension by post if you are in the UK. If you are outside of the UK when applying, you only apply online.
Several things may affect your Entrepreneur Visa extension, especially if your circumstances have changed. You may be subject to another interview or you may be asked to supply more documents/evidence if this has happened.
The main thing to remember about the visa extension process is that it must happen while you are still holding your Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.
If your application for an Entrepreneur Visa extension is not approved before the end of your current Entrepreneur Visa then you will be considered an over-stayer. This will mean you become subject to immigration penalties and you may be removed from the UK.
If you are hoping to extend your Entrepreneur Visa, timing is very important. You must ensure you have been granted an extension before the expiry of your current Entrepreneur Visa.
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