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Tier 1 Visa Overview

Tier 1 visa applications can be made in the following circumstances.  Please note that since 29 March 2019 the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa scheme has been replaced by the UK Innovator visa scheme and since 6 July 2019 the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme has been replaced by the Start-Up visa scheme. A tier 1 investor can gain entry based on investment funds of £2 million to invest.  In addition, a small number of people can come under the Global Talent visa category which replaced the previous Tier 1 exceptional talent visa category.  

Tier 1 Visa categories

  • Tier 1 Investor visa For people who have at least £2,000,000 available to invest in active and trading UK registered companies.

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa has now been replaced by the UK Innovator visa scheme, for people with access to at least £50,000 to invest in the UK to set up a UK business with endorsement from endorsing body.  May be difficult to come under this.

  • Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa has been replaced with the Global Talent visa schemeFor people endorsed by a designated body as a leader or emerging leader in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology, fashion or the arts.

  • Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa has been replaced by the Start-Up visa category.  May be difficult to come under this.


Family members (dependants)

You should be able to bring your partner or children with you during your stay, but you must show that you have sufficient funds to provide for them. They will be able to apply under a family visa, please see our UK Family Visas page for more details.

Further information, help, and advice has thirty years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the UK. and its associated companies represent clients in compliance with Section 84 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. In some cases we can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day.

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