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Investors and Entrepreneurs

Overseas investors and entrepreneurs looking to invest in or start a business in the UK need to ensure they meet UK regulations and visa and nationality application requirements.

There are considerable changes to these two visa routes with the UK Government announcing that the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route will be closed to new applicants from 6th July 2019 and be replaced by the Start-up category which will be an expanded version of the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category.  The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa will be replaced by the Innovator visa from 29th March 2019.

Any applicant wishing to apply for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa must meet the relevant requirements and submit the application by 5th July 2019 and applicants wishing to apply for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa must meet the current eligibility requirements for this visa application to be submitted by 28th March 2019.

The Immigration Rules are to be amended to reflect significant changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) route from 29th March 2019.

How can Thorntons help?

We offer a competitive and tailored service to those wishing to invest or start a business in the UK.  We are experienced in dealing with investors and entrepreneurs from all around the world.

We can provide advice and assistance to clients who wish to submit applications under the Entrepreneur route before this category is closed and assist you through the transition periods in respect of applying for any extension of leave and/or settlement under this route.

We will also offer advice and assistance for clients who wish to apply under the new “Start-up” and “Innovator” visa routes.

We can assist inward investors looking to invest amounts of £2 million, £5 million and £10 million with every aspect of the process.  As well as arranging immediate visas for you and your family, we will also provide strategic planning so that you and your family gain British nationality as soon as possible and can also provide top-class investment and tax advice and assistance with the purchase of property in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

We have a highly rated Investment Management team, meaning that we are able to invest your funds in a manner that meets the UK immigration rules under the Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme, whilst ensuring the highest returns on your investment and without the need to involve third parties. Alternatively, we have links to a number of key international banks and investment firms who we work closely with and can use to invest your funds.

In most immigration situations taking legal advice early on can often resolve a situation quickly, avoid potential problems and save you time and money later. With our proactive and commercial business legal advice, our immigration solicitors can help find the right solution for your business when dealing with immigration and employment law issues. To arrange a consultation, call the Thorntons Immigration Law team on 03330 430 350, or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you.


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