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Complete Guide to the Genuine Entrepreneur Test – Part 3

The recently introduced genuine entrepreneurship test have significantly affected the way and manner in which Tier 1 entrepreneur visa application are now prepared. Documentary evidences have significantly been affected, to now show evidence that the applicant indeed is a genuine entrepreneur.

Now not only will the Home Office simply access the application for points based compliance, they now have to check to ensure that the applicant is a genuine entrepreneur. Understanding that the concept and test of genuineness is not a wholly objective and straightforward one. This inherent subjectivism allows for some degree of open interpretation by Home Office officials.

In our last post, we mentioned certain point that the Home Office considers when they assess a Tier 1 Entrepreneur application for genuineness test.

  1. A business plan
  2. The applicant CV
  3. The applicant background in relation to the business
  4. Nature and source of funds
  5. Interview

The business plan

In the first part our series of the complete guide to the genuine entrepreneur test, we emphasized the crucial role the business plan plays in the success of an application. We emphasized the role of having a detailed business plan and evidence of a good market research. We also mentioned the fact that the Home Office would be looking to see evidence of the applicant’s involvement in the business.

The Applicant’s CV

In the part two of the series, we mention that the Home Office look to find out whether or not the applicant has any background in the field they are looking to set up a business in. The decision maker would also look to determine whether or not there are things about the applicant’s experience that may suggest that they can manage the business.

Importantly applicants need not have direct educational or professional experience in the proposed business idea on their application. Even though that will be advantageous, it most likely will not break the application. A general managerial experience or even a leadership role may suffice as a reasonable proof applicants capability to set up and manage the business.

Nature and source of funds

The UKBA has a responsibility to ensure that it is not encouraging fraudsters, funding terrorism and corrupt government officials to steal money from their home countries and then move it to the UK to start a business. The Home Office have therefore made it mandatory that applicant’s declare the source of funds. The source of funds must not be illegal both in the country of origin as well as in the UK. If the Home Office have any reason that this source of fund is illegal, the Home Office will reject the application

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Interview

Generally, the Home Office does not interview every single Tier 1 entrepreneur application. However the Home Office reserves the right to contact an applicant to ask further questions regarding their application. The invitation for an interview by itself is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. The applicants will be asked questions about the business plan, source of funds, market research and other aspects of the application

How we can help

At Reiss Edwards, our team of Tier 1 Entrepreneur lawyers have a strong background in business as well as individual immigration. We can advise you on all aspect of your application from entry clearance up until your Indefinite leave to remain application as a Tier 1 migrant. Contact us today for a free consultation on 02037442797 or drop us an email on


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