Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor Visas
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) is for non-European migrants who want to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of, 1 or more businesses here.
If you have £200,000 to invest in a UK business (or £50,000 in some circumstances), can speak English and have enough money to support you and and your family whilst in the UK, then you may be entitled to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. You would be granted three years initially and expected to employ two people full-time in order to secure a two year extension in this category.
You would be entitled to apply for settlement after 3 years if you employed at least 10 UK residents in your business, and after 5 years in all other cases.
Tier 1 (Graduate) Entrepreneur
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa if you:
Representative of Overseas Business
In addition to the Tier 1 routes, you may want to come to the UK to set up a branch of your existing overseas business.
You muste be either;
Tier 1 (Investor) category is designed to allow high-net-worth individuals to make a substantial financial investment in the UK.
You are awarded points based on your ability to invest £2,000,000 in the UK.
You can apply under the investor category now if you are:
Depending on your level of investment in the UK, you must complete a continuous residence period of 2, 3 or 5 years here before you can apply for settlement.
During the continuous residence period, you cannot be outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months.
The continuous residence period is 2 years if: