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Entrepreneur Visas

The UK Entrepreneur Visa

Our dedicated commercially minded Entrepreneur Visa teams specialise in obtaining entrepreneur visas for our business clients. Whether it be your initial application, visa extension or settlement application we can assist you in all of your immigration 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 7868.

Who should apply?

The Entrepreneur visa is a business visa that allows the applicant to relocate to the UK specifically for the purpose of business. If you have a business idea that you would like to develop and bring to the UK, the entrepreneur visa will allow you to explore this idea. The applicant is able to either set up a new business or take over and existing one. Unlike other ‘work’ visas the tier 1 entrepreneur visa leads to settlement and, eventually, a British passport.

The Requirements:

To qualify for the entrepreneur visa, the applicant must:

  • Have access to £200,000 – through either their own funds or a third party
  • Meet the English language requirement
  • Meet the financial maintenance requirements for the main applicant and dependents
  • Be a 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.

On meeting the requirements the initial visa is granted for a period of 3 years.

Why choose Westkin for your Entrepreneur Visa?

Industry leading lawyers and excellent client service form the backbone to Westkin’s services. We believe in surpassing our client’s expectations and project managing every step of the application process. We work efficiently and diligently ensuring that your application stands the best chance of being accepted. We handle every step of your application process saving you time, money and stress. We bill our cases on a fixed fee basis, so that you are aware from the outset the total cost of the application, with no hidden fees.

Our UK Entrepreneur Service incudes:

  • Initial one hour consultation to establish your case and to start building your application
  • Client care letter within 24 hours,
  • A bespoke list of documents required by your application
  • Completion and submission of your application
  • Full legal representations,
  • Full Business Plan, including market research,

We can assist with:

(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.

Extend your Entrepreneur Visa

For many the initial application is their first step towards gaining British citizenship. We offer a comprehensive service that allows our clients to extend their visas and continue their journey towards settlement. Providing the following requirements are met it is possible to extend the visa for a further 2 years:

  1. 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

To ‘accelerate’ your settlement or Indefinite Leave to remain can be granted 2 years earlier if the following conditions are met:

  1. a) The business employs 10 settled workers, or
    b) Has a turnover of £5 million per annum

A residential requirement is needed to obtain indefinitive leave to remain (ILR). This is the same rule as accelerated settlement, under which an applicant must nor remain outside of UK for more than 6 months each year of the validity of the visa.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

After living in the UK for a period of 5 years the applicant 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.

For more information click here.

British Citizenship

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.

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by Liana Gomes on Westkin Associates
Outstanding Company

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.

by Amit J Nayee on Westkin Associates
Highly Recommended

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.

by C VASILYEV on Westkin Associates
Fantastic Service

I was asked to give feedback on Westkin immigration law specialists and I used amir zaidi who is one of the senior lawyers there.

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!

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