Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Services

"Nick Nason, [an] immigration law expert at Edgewater Legal"

The i News , October 2017

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): route overview 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas are for those who wish to set up or joing  a business in the UK. Applications can be made from abroad, or from inside the UK if applicants have previously had leave to remain as entrepreneurs, or in certain other limited categories.

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 Immigration Rules appear at 245D, as well as in a hodge podge of guidance which is also available online, but changes frequently.

The main requirements for the entrepreneur route are access to sufficient funding for investment in a business, a clear plan as to how the business is to be set up or run, and job creation. Applicants are required to supply a business plan which will be scrutinised for viability by civil servants at the Home Office.

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

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route is designed to facilitate investment and economic growth in the UK. ​However, as set out by Edgewater Legal's Nick Nason in this detailed piece for Free Movement, the route has a high refusal rate.

The reasons are well-encapsulated in the case of the Felbers, American entrepreneurs who fell foul of the immigration rules through no real fault of their own, and about which Nick was interviewed by the i Newspaper . Applicants must also now satisfy the Home Office that they are 'genuine', and pass the so-called ' genuine entrepreneur test '. 

Given the regular changes in the law, we recommend that all Tier  1 (Entrepreneurs) (especially those who have already established their businesses - like the Felbers - and wish to extend their stay, or settle) seek legal advice before making their applications. 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): our service and expertise

Our Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) expertise

Our Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) service

 Nick Nason, principal at Edgewater Legal has worked in immigration law for over 8 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

Nick also acts as a part-time legal consultant for entrepreneur specialists Farha & Associates, providing advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and young companies on a range of commercial issues, including investment rounds, company formation and structure, and recruitment and retention of talent. 

As a founder himself, Nick particularly enjoys advising and assisting applicants in this route, and feels well-qualified to do so. 
  • Initial no-obligation phone consultation to discuss eligibility
  • 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