On the 7 March 2019, the Home Office published its 294-page statement of changes to Immigration
Rules. Perhaps with all the Brexit
news even the best London immigration solicitors
should not be surprised by how little publicity the statement of changes has received. However, the changes to the Immigration
Rules will have a real impact on entrepreneurs and business owners.
How can OTS Solicitors help?
If you were planning to apply for an Entrepreneur Visa
the application is now urgent. At London based OTS Solicitors our team of dedicated Immigration
solicitors can help you with the paperwork needed to submit an urgent Entrepreneur Visa
application or look at your alternative options.
If you need to apply urgently for your Entrepreneur Visa
or you are worried about the status of a pending Entrepreneur Visa
application or what happens when your current Entrepreneur Visa
expires, please call Legal 500 law directory recommended OTS Solicitors for help on 0203 959 9123.
The Home Office will accept new applications for Tier 1
) visas until the 28 March 2019.
The Home Office statement of changes document says that provided the Entrepreneur Visa
application is made on or before the 28 March 2019, the Home Office will consider the Tier 1
) visa application and decide whether to grant the visa application using the Immigration
Rules that were in force on the 28 March 2019.
If you are planning to apply for a Tier 1
) visa then you have a little more time to make your application or look at your alternative visa options. That is because the closure of the graduate Entrepreneur Visa
scheme does not take place until the 5 July 2019.
An endorsement letter lasts or is valid for three months. The letters can continue to be issued until the 5 April 2019 and for that reason the Home Office has said that graduate Entrepreneur Visa
applications can continue to be made until the 5 July 2019.
Transitional arrangements and deadlines for Entrepreneur Visa extensions and settlement applications
• Extension applications for Tier 1
) visa holders can be made until the 5 April 2023;
• Settlement applications for Tier 1
) visa holders can be made until the 5 April 2025;
• Tier 1
) visa holders (and those who switch into the Start-up visa) will be able to transfer into the Tier 1
) visa until the 5 July 2021. Furthermore, Tier 1
) extension applications can be made by these visa holders until the 5 July 2025. Settlement applications can be made until the 5 July 2027.
• Tier 1
) visa holders can apply to the Home Office to switch to the new Start-up visa if the applicant has not already received the full two grants of leave under the Tier 1
) scheme. On a positive note, if an entrepreneur
‘s Start-up endorsement is from the same body that endorsed their previous Tier 1
) visa application then the applicant and their business concept will not need to meet the new Start-up visa criteria in relation to innovation and scalability;
The best London immigration solicitors
are recommending that anyone who is in the process of applying for or extending an Entrepreneur Visa
application takes urgent and specialist legal advice before doing so. For example, for some new applicants the Start-up visa route may be a more attractive or easier option than applying for a Tier 1
) visa. The advice will depend on individual circumstances; including endorsements and funding but the 294 page statement of changes to the Immigration
Rules should be used to an applicant’s advantage.
How can OTS Solicitors help?
Our Legal 500 recommended central London OTS Solicitors can advise you on applying for an Entrepreneur Visa
or help you look at your alternative options.
With a vast amount of experience in representing entrepreneurs and business owners our London immigration solicitors
quickly respond to changes in Immigration
Rules making sure that you have the most up to date Immigration
advice tailored to your individual, personal and business needs.
Call us on 0203 959 9123 to discuss how our experienced London Immigration law solicitors can help you.