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Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension

If you currently hold a leave to remain as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant, you may be able to make a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application as you approach the tail end of your initial application visa. It is important that during your initial leave as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant, you have created jobs and invested the required sum in addition to meeting the other conditions of your visa.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa initial application is usually granted for 3 years, after which the applicant may apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension to extend his leave to remain under the same visa category.

It is important to note that your activities during the initial period of 3 years counts towards if the Home Office will grant your extension application or not. We have created a list of a few things we believe you must do to further position your extension application for success.

  • Set up a business within the first 6 months of your visa approval
  • Invest the required amount into the business. Please be aware that a mere transfer of the Home Office stipulated amount to your business bank account will fail to meet the UK Immigration definition of ‘investment’. Also, purchasing a property or paying yourself salaries does not count as investment as well. Do take heed to properly in a real business.
  • Create jobs for a minimum of 2 settled persons. Please note that each of them must last a minimum of one year.

Please note that Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications can only be made by post and the Home Office do not allow the same day service for visa applications under this route. Successful applicants under this visa category will be granted a leave for up to 2 years.


Please note that applicants will need score a 95 points in addition to meeting other requirements in order to be eligible or extension.

  • 75 points for your attributes which are different depending on whether you make an initial or extension application; and
  • 10 points for English language; and
  • 10 points for available maintenance (funds)

Tier 1 entrepreneur visa extension

Required Investment for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa Extension:- 20 points

Recall that in the initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur application, applicants would have needed to show that they had access to a minimum of GBP 200,000 or GBP 50,000. In order to ensure a successful extension application, applicants would need to show that they have indeed invested the required amount into a UK business.

In the event that the business was funded by a director’s loan, this would need to be evidenced in the application by way presenting the director’s loan agreement. Applicants should take note of inconsistencies that tend to arise where the dates on the director’s loan agreement do not precede the date of the fist transaction. Importantly, the ideal situation is to have the director’s loan coming first before business transactions.

It is also important to note that only investment funds that were injected into the business within the past three years as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur will be taken into consideration, investments before this period will be ignored.

We would also recommend that the accounting books are prepared by regulated accountants who is regulated by and is a member of a recognised supervisory body.

The monies invested in the business must be real investments in every sense of the word. Entrepreneurs should avoid situations where the accounting books suggest that the entrepreneur has injected his personal funds into the business for the sake of it. The financial records must visibly suggest that the monies invested into the business were actual business investment.

The records must also show for every chunk investment, who, when and how much investment in total was made.

You have become a director or self-employed in a UK business:- 20 points

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applicants must be able to demonstrate in their application that they had become a director of a business, or were registered as self-employed within the first 6 months of their entry into the UK.

Still engaged in a business activity:- 15 points

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applicant will need to show that they are still engaged in business activities. It is important to note that the rules are silent on whether or not it is the same business that was started in the initial visa application that applicant still need to be in during the extension. However it does states the need for the applicant to show that s/he actually engaged in a business activity in the UK. The applicant also need to show that s/he is still engage in a business as at the time of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application.

Job Creation:- 20 points

The aim of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa would be defeated if it doesn’t created jobs. Importantly, extension applications must demonstrate that they had created 2 new job for two settled workers during the course of their initial application as a result of their business activities. This would normally be evidenced using payslips, etc. It is important that payslips show the number of hours worked per month. We do understand that not all payslip show this, in such cases, the employment contract may also serve in some cases as a valid evidence.

For applications where the initial leave was granted before the 6th of April, the applicant can rely on the scenarios described below to make up the creation requirement.

  • one worker for 24 months
  • one worker for 6 months and one for 18 months
  • 4 workers for 6 months each

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