The UK Entrepreneur Visa
Our Entrepreneur Visa teams consist of commercially aware lawyers who specialise in obtaining entrepreneur visas for our business clients.
Whether you are looking to relocate to the United Kingdom or to extend your stay, contact our entrepreneur lawyers today for a full professional service, tailored to your needs.
Please watch our informative Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa video.
For the entire management of your application, contact our Entrepreneur visa lawyers now on 0207 118 4546.
What is the Entrepreneur Visa?
The Entrepreneur visa is essentially a business visa, as it presents an opportunity to relocate to the UK for the purpose of business.
If you have a business idea that you would like to implement in the UK, then the Entrepreneur visa is the one for you.
Unlike other routes, the Entrepreneur visa allows you to work while in the UK and leads to Indefinite Leave to Remain and British citizenship.
Who Should Apply?
The visa is designed for foreign nationals who would like to play an active role in the UK’s economy, either by setting up or taking over an existing business.
If you are an EU national you will not need to apply for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. Commonwealth Citizens with UK ancestry and British Overseas Territories citizens are also exempt from the Visa requirement.
To qualify for the Entrepreneur Visa, you must fulfil certain requirements:
- Access to £200,000 – This can be your own funds or from a third party,
- English language requirement,
- Financial Maintenance for yourself and any family members,
- Genuine entrepreneur- You must show that you genuinely seek to set up a viable business in the UK. This is subjective; the home office will take into account, previous experience, qualifications and examine your credentials.
There are specific conditions and extensive documentation needed to satisfy each requirement.
Extensive documentation is needed to prove each requirement; applications made with insufficient or wrong documentation will be refused.
With Westkin you can be fully confident that you will receive highest quality service, you can be assured that we will handle all documentation required and assist in compiling an impeccable business plan to secure the visa.
Your initial visa is then granted for 3 years.
Our Entrepreneur UK Service
At Westkin Associates we provide a specialised entrepreneur service for our business clients, which we always deliver to the highest standard.
We are unique, in that we also endeavour to deliver the highest in client care. This means from the point you instruct us, you can be assured that we will take responsibility and manage your entire application for you.
This shall include:
- Initial consultation with an expert lawyer to discuss the process, procedure and develop an action plan moving forwards,
- Client care letter within 24 hours,
- Checklist of documents tailored to your application,
- Completion of all application forms on your behalf,
- Full legal representations,
- Templates required for the application,
- Full Business Plan, including market research,
- Correspondence through the application process,
- Project management of the entire application.
This is a complete service where we handle everything for you from start to finish.
We are aware that this may be only the beginning of your stay in the UK. Therefore we always plan ahead your future options, should you wish to extend, settle or eventually naturalise as a British Citizen.
We handle our cases on a fixed fee basis, so you are aware from the outset the total cost of the application, with no hidden fees.
Contact our lawyers on 0207 118 7868.
Have an idea but unsure of how to present your business plan to the UK authorities?
We understand that as entrepreneurs you may need assistance in pitching your business idea to have it accepted by the Home Office.
At Westkin Associates we are unique in that we will be able to refer you to our trusted business partners to assist you with additional services required by the terms of the visa.
(a) Company Formation,
(b) Drawing up a viable Business Plan, with market research,
(c) Sourcing the correct accountant,
(d) Assessing your business ideas against the Entrepreneur Visa rules,
(e) Introducing you to business advisors who can assist with Entrepreneur Visa compliant business sourcing.
We have obtained Entrepreneur visas for a substantial number of clients across a number of industry sectors, from many different countries. We pride ourselves on having commercially aware business immigration lawyers in our Entrepreneur Visa teams who take the time to understand your business and advise accordingly.
This comprehensive service provided by Westkin is all included in one fee, offering you the smoothest process in obtaining your visa.
Extend your visa
At Westkin we are aware this will be the beginning of your stay in the UK.
Therefore we always plan ahead for your future options, should you wish to extend, settle or eventually naturalise as a British Citizen.
You may extend your visa for another 2 years providing the following conditions are met:
a) The £200,000 has been invested in the company,
b) The company has been registered within 6 months,
c) 2 full-time positions have been created for settled workers.
These conditions are accompanied by complex exceptions and rules, around which evidence is acceptable. Westkin will of course prepare the entirety of the application to meet these criteria.
Fast-Track/ Accelerated Settlement
There is also an option to ‘accelerate’ your settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain. This can be granted 2 years early, after your initial visa if:
a) The business employs 10 settled workers, or;
b) Has a turnover of £5 million per annum.
You must however still fulfil the residential requirement to be eligible.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
After extending your Entrepreneur visa and having lived a total of 5 years in the UK. You will be eligible to settle in the UK, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain.
You must meet:
– The Residential requirement: You must have lawfully resided in the UK on this visa for 5 years.
You can have no more than 450 days absence in total for the 5 year period, with no more than 180 days absence in each of these years.
– You must also display that you are of Good character.
Again this is a brief summary, but our specialist lawyers can assist you in every aspect on attaining your settlement here in the UK.
Click on the link below for further details on your Indefinite Leave to Remain.
After attaining ILR you will now have a route to British Citizenship available to you, known as Naturalisation.
Click on the link below for further details of how Westkin Associates can help you become a British Citizen.
I believe Westkin give the best service if you are going for psw to entrepreneur - they have the good video guides on the topics and Houman Mehr is the best immigrations solicitor in the field and they have good knowledge. They got me my visa and kept on chasing the home office until it was granted.
I recommend westkin's for their entrepreneur visa service. Good knowledge and good use of strategy to make sure the visa is granted. Pricey but good at their jobs.
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They basically sorted out the papers I needed - they arranged my English exam and then helped me with my business plan and then arranged all the translations I needed.
It all got sorted and the visa was granted!