Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Services



We have a lot of experience providing services to entrepreneurs and overseas nationals looking to start-up in the UK. Below are some reviews we have received for the services provided:

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): you do the ideas,
we'll do the law

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas are for those who wish to set up or joing  a business in the UK. Applications are now closed to new applicants, although those already in the route can apply to extend and settle if they meet the requirements. 

The eligibility requirements are different in each case. There is a handy overview of the route, as well as detailed guidance on the Home Office website. The relevant rules appear mainly in Appendix A of the Immigration Rules, as well as in a hodge podge of guidance which is also available online, but changes frequently.

The main requirements to extend in the entrepreneur route are to show that the funding has been invested, the required jobs have been created, and that the applicant can show that they are active in the running of the business.  Even at the extension stage, applicants are required to supply a business plan which will be scrutinised for viability by civil servants at the Home Office.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): our service and expertise

Our Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) expertise

Our Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) service

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 Nick Nason, principal at Edgewater Legal has worked in immigration law for over 10 years and regularly advises Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants.

A thought-leader in the field, Nick regularly writes about UK immigration issues, including the entrepreneur route, for a leading immigration law website. He has been interviewed by both the Guardian and the i Newspaper for comment in immigration cases, and has appeared in Private Eye

As a founder himself, Nick particularly enjoys advising and assisting applicants in this route, and feels well-qualified to do so. 
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  • Face to face meetings/telephone conferences as desired
  • Detailed letter of advice and guidance on the route, and what is required
  • Detailed scrutiny of supporting documents prior to submission, including business plan
  • Collation and preparation of the application on a shared drive
  • Very high level of client responsiveness including contact by email, phone or other means
  • Drafting of a covering letter to be sent with application
  • Preparation for Home Office interviews (if required)
  • Liaising with Home Office decision-makers
  • Advice and guidance on rights and responsibilities once the visa is granted, in preparation for future extension and settlement applications