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Tier 1 Entrepreneur

     The Tier 1 UK Entrepreneur visa is for Non EEA nationals who wish to come to the United Kingdom to establish a business or join and invest into an existing business in the UK.

➢   What are the requirements?

You must show that they have no less than £200,000 available for investment or already invested into a new or existing business.  The funds can be held in one or more financial institutions and in different countries.
You may also apply for a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa if you have already invested £200,000 in a UK business and the investment was made less than 12 months before you apply. You can use funds which are made available from family or by third parties, such as investors.
Two applicants can share the burden of the initial investment of either £200,000 or £50,000 therefore each applicant can invests £100,000 or £25,000.00 respectively who will form a Tier 1 entrepreneur team.
You can also qualify under the Tier 1 entrepreneur route if you have access to at least no less than £50,000 obtained from regulated venture capital firms, UK Entrepreneurial seed funding competitions or UK Government Departments or Devolved Government Departments in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can qualify if you was last granted leave to remain as a Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur and have access to not less than £50,000,or
You were last granted leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) Migrant and have access to not less than £50,000, and been continuously engaged in business in the UK since before 11 July 2014. To be eligible for a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa you must score 95 points from the following criteria:
• 75 points for attributes; and
• 10 points for English language You will need to have passed a recognized English language test to level B1 of CEFR, or awarded with a recognized UK degree, or be awarded with an equivalent degree from outside the UK approved by UK Naric, or be of a national from list of exempt countries;
• 10 points for maintenance (funds)

You must show that you have held no less than the required level of funds for a period lasting at least 3 months before the date of application to meet the maintenance requirement. Applying from outside the UK you will need to show £3,310. Applying from the UK you will need to show £945.


➢   Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension

The Tier 1 entrepreneur visa is normally granted for a period of 3 years and 4 months. Before the initial visa ends you should apply for an extension of stay as a Tier 1 entrepreneur migrant.
The second visa is granted for 2 years which extends your stay to 5 years and allows you to apply for indefinite leave to remain. Depending on the level of investment and number of jobs you have created for resident workers you may apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) in 3 years instead of an extension of stay.
To be eligible for extension of stay you must score 95 point from the following: You have to show that you have continued to invest, or have invested not less than £200,000 (or £50,000 if, in your last grant of leave you were awarded points for funds of £50,000) in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK.
You must within six months of being issued your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa be:
• Registered with HM revenue and Customs as self-employed; or
• Registered a new business in which he is a director; or
• Registered as a director of an existing business.

You must show that you have created 2 jobs for resident workers who are either EEA nationals, or British citizens, or have indefinite leave to remain.
Each resident worker must have been employed on full time basis for no less than 12 months and paid no less than the minimum wage.


➢   Tier 1 Entrepreneur Family Dependants

You can bring your family dependants, a husband, wife or civil partner; or a unmarried or same-sex partner; or a child aged under 18 years old to the UK as point based dependants during the initial visa application or after you have been granted your visa.
Your family members are permitted to take employment and/or study at a state or private educational establishment during their stay in the United Kingdom.


➢   Indefinite Leave to Remain Tier 1 Entrepreneur

After 5 years of stay as a Tier 1 entrepreneur, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) with your family dependants.
Indefinite leave to remain be obtained in three years depending on the level of investment and number of jobs created by the entrepreneur in the UK.
To be eligible for indefinite leave to remain you must show the following:
You must show that you have continued to invest, or had invested on his behalf, not less than £200,000 (or £50,000 if, in the last grant of leave you were awarded points for funds of £50,000) in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK and on a date no earlier than three months prior to the date of application, the you were:
• Registered with HM Revenue and Customs as self-employed, or
• Registered a new business in which he is a director, or
• Registered as a director of an existing business;
• You have created at least two full time jobs for persons settled in the UK for a minimum of 12 months of the period for which the previous leave was granted;
• Created 10 jobs in the UK or turnover of £5 million in a three year period;
• Passed the life in the UK test;
• Passed a recognized English language exam to level B1 of CEFR;
• Meet the criminal threshold requirement of indefinite leave to remain;
• Spent the specified continuous period lawfully in the UK, with absences from the UK of no more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months during that period.


➢   Switching to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

You can apply to switch to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) in the UK from one of following categories:
   • Tier 1 (General)
   • Tier 1 (Investor)
   • Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur)
   • Business person
   • Innovator
   • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
   • Work permit holder
   • Self-employed lawyer
   • Writer, composer or artist
   • Investor
   • International Graduate Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme) 

   • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
   • Tier 2
   • Prospective entrepreneur
   • A visitor who has been carrying out permitted activities as a prospective entrepreneur
You can also switch from one of the following categories if you have specific types of funding: 

   • Tier 1 (General)
   • Tier 1 (Post-study work)
   • Tier 4
   • Student
   • Student re-sitting an examination
   • Student nurse
   • Student writing up a thesis
   • Postgraduate doctor or dentist


➢   How Vision Legal Services can help you with Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa requirements.
➭    We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement ;
➭    We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach;
➭    We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application;
          ➭    We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
          ➭    We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf;
➭    We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.
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Tier 1 Investor visa


If you have £2,000,000 or more and want to invest in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies as a high net worth migrant you can apply to come to the UK as a Tier 1 Investor.

➢   What are the requirements of Tier 1 Investor Visa?

In order to qualify for a Tier 1 investor Visa you need to score 75 points from the following criteria:
• have money of your own and under your control, held in a regulated financial institution and disposable in the UK amounting to no less than £2 Million; or
• own personal assets which, taking into account any liabilities to which you a subject, have a value exceeding £2 Million;
• be able to prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner;
• have opened a UK bank account;
• prove the source of your money if not held for 3 month; and
• be 18 or over to apply for this visa.


➢   Length of Tier 1 investor visa

The initial Tier 1 investor visa is granted for 3 years and 4 months and you can apply for a further 2 years and depending on the amount of initial investment you may able to apply for settlement much earlier without requiring to extend your initial visa.

➢   Tier 1 Investor extension

If you were granted a Tier 1 investor visa before completing the initial visa before 6 November 2014 if you:
• invested 1 million under your control,
• or invested £750,000 (or 75%) in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies and hold a balance of £25000,00
• money that has been loaned to you by a UK regulated financial institution, as long as you have personal assets with a value of £2,000,000 or more
• invested the money within 3 months of your visa start date
;If you are apply to extend your Tier 1 investor visa after 6 November 2014 you must show that you have:
• invested 2 million under your control,
• money that has been loaned to you by a UK regulated financial institution, as long as you have personal assets with a value of £2,000,000 or more
• invested the money within 3 months of your visa start date

➢   Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Tier Investor Visa

You can apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) depending on the level of investment you have made under the Tier 1 Investor Visas.
• If you were granted a Tier 1 investor visa before 6 November 2014 and invested of £1 Million you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years.
• If you were granted a Tier 1 investor visa after 6 November 2014 and invested of £2 Million you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years.
• If you were granted a Tier 1 investor visa and invested of £5 Million you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 3 years.
• If you were granted a Tier 1 investor visa and invested of £10 Million you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 2 years.
• You cannot be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months to qualify for settlement.
• You will be required to meet the Life in the UK test requirement and English language requirement for settlement.

➢   Additional information Tier 1 Investor visa

• You can study as a student
• Undertake most types of employment on full or part time basis
• You can apply for settlement earlier under the accelerated route depending on the level of your investment
• You can be absent from the UK up to 180 days each year
• Your family dependants can join or accompany you
• There is no need to meet the English language requirement to apply for the visa
• There is no requirement to provide evidence of maintenance of funds for both you and family members when you apply for the visa

➢   Switching to a Tier 1 Investor Visa

You can switch to Tier 1 Investor Visa if you already in the UK under the following categories;
• a highly skilled migrant;
• a Tier 1 (General) migrant;
• a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant
• a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) migrant;
• a business person;
• an innovator;
• a student;
• a student nurse;
• a student re-sitting an examination;
• a student writing a thesis;
• a work permit holder;
• a writer, composer or artist;
• an investor;
• a Tier 2 Migrant;
• a Tier 4 Migrant.

➢   How Vision Legal Services can help you with Tier 1 (General) migrant

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Tier 1 (General) migrant Visa requirements.
• We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement
• We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach
• We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application
• We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures
• We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf
• We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.

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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa


The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is aimed at Graduate Tier 4 General/Students who have been endorsed by Higher Education Institutions (HEI) or by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) if you were awarded your qualifications outside the UK, as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK.
There is a government annual limit of 2000 places offered to institutions for applicants applying under the graduate entrepreneur scheme.

➢   What are the requirements?

To be eligible for a Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur visa you must score 95 points from the following criteria:
• 75 points for attributes
• 10 points for English language skills
• 10 points for maintenance (funds)


➢   Attributes

You have been awarded a UK recognised degree bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); equivalent level qualifications are not accepted. If you were awarded a degree outside the standard must be confirmed by UK NARIC
You must be endorsed by Higher Education Institutions (HEI) or UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK and apply within three months of receiving the endorsement letter. The endorsement letter must confirm that your endorsing body considers you to have a genuine and credible business idea and is satisfied you will spend the majority of your working time furthering this.
The endorsement letter must state the intended business sector you will be involved in. You will not qualify for points if the business activity area is in property development/management.

➢   English language

You will need to pass a recognized English language test to level B1 of CEFR or have been awarded a UK degree or an equivalent degree approved by UK Naric, or be a national from an exempt country;

➢   Maintenance (Funds)

You will be required to show that have sufficient funds for maintenance requirement. If you are applying from the UK you must show that you have held no less than £945 in the last 90 days before the date of your application.
If you are outside the UK must show that you have held no less than £1890 in the last 90 consecutive days, ending no more than 31 days before date of application under an account in your own name.

➢   Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Extension

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is granted for a maximum of 2 years.
The initial grant of the visa is for 1 year which can be further extend for another 1 year provided you get the endorsement of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) or UKTI.
To be eligible for a Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur visa you must score 95 points from the following criteria:
• 75 points for attributes
• 10 points for English language skills
• 10 points for maintenance (funds)


➢   Tier 1 Entrepreneur Graduate Dependants

You can bring your family dependants to the UK as point based dependants during the initial visa application or after you have been granted your visa.
Your family members are permitted to take employment and/or study at a state or private educational establishment during their stay in the United Kingdom.

➢   Additional Information

Whilst your application is been considered you must follow the conditions granted under the visa you were last granted a visa if applying from the UK.
Once granted the visa you may do other jobs apart from the business, and there are no restrictions to the numbers hours you can work. You cannot work as a Doctor or Dentist in training or a professional sportsperson / sports coach.
If you have been awarded a recognized undergraduate or postgraduate degree you can apply from inside the UK or outside the UK if you were awarded the degree in another country.
If you have been sponsored with full tuition fees and living costs given by your government or an international scholarship agency in the last 12 months, you must show evidence that you have their unconditional consent to remain in the UK to set up your business.

➢   Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

The Tier 1 UK Graduate Entrepreneur Visa does not lead to indefinite leave (settlement) however you can switch to a Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Tier 2 visa which leads to settlement. You cannot add the time spent under these visas towards time for settlement if you later switch to a Tier 1 entrepreneur or Tier 2 visa categories.
You will be able to use time spent under this visa to apply for settlement under the Long Residence route if you have had continuous stay of 10 years lawful residence in the UK.

➢  Switching Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa

You can apply to switch to a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa in the UK from one of the following:
• Tier 4
• student

You must not have been previously in the UK as a Tier 1 (Post study Work) migrant, participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, participant in the International Graduates Scheme, or the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme.

➢   How Vision Legal Services can help you with Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa requirements. We provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement.
• We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement
• We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach
• We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application
• We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures
• We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf
• We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.

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Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route is for applicants internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent or emerging leader in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicines, digital technology, the arts and Tech City UK and who wish to work in the UK.

➢  What can you do under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa?

You can take up self employed/contracted/employed, work in any sector, or work for any employer and move between employers without any additional approval from the Home Office and take up employment at any level you cannot work as a Doctor or Dentist in Training; or as a professional sportsperson/sports coach.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) is subject to a limit of 1,000 endorsements in total per year which is allocated between the Designated Competent Bodies as follows:
• Arts Council England
• British Academy
• Royal Academy of Engineering
• Royal Society
• Tech City UK (Tech Nation)


➢   What are the requirements?

Application Stage 1
There are 2 stages to apply for the first visa. The first stage 1 application is made to a Designated Competent Body in the field you are recognized. This is not an immigration application but an application which assesses your ability and contribution as a talent.
Your application for endorsement is considered by Designated Competent Body in the field you are recognized
You will be endorsed in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts as: a recognised leader (exceptional talent); or an emerging leader (exceptional promise).

Application Stage 2
If your stage 1 application is successful, the Designated Competent Body endorsement is valid for three months from the date of issue. You must apply for stage 2 which is applying for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa before this date or your application will be refused. You will be issued with an endorsement letter to make your visa application.
It is possible to submit the stage 1 application and the stage 2 application at the same time where you are in the UK and your current leave is due to expire. In such cases a final decision of your visa application will be made pending the outcome of considered by Designated Competent Body.
There is no requirement to speak English at either the initial stage or when applying for an extension of limited leave to remain.
What length is the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa granted?
You can apply to stay for up to 5 years and 4 months on your initial application, if you apply outside the UK and 5 years if you apply inside the UK.

➢   Extension of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

To extend your visa you need only to make a single application. You need to apply in the same way you did for stage 2. You do not need to obtain a new endorsement.
To be approved you must meet the following criteria:
• The Designated Competent Body that originally endorsed your stage 1 application has not advised the Home Office that this has been withdrawn; and
• During your most recent period of leave as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant, you have earned money in the UK as a result of employment or self employment in your field of expertise where you must provide evidence of your earnings.


➢   Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Dependants

Your dependants can apply to join or remain with you as family members of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant.
You can bring your family dependants, a husband, wife or civil partner; or a unmarried or same-sex partner; or a child aged under 18 years old to the UK as point based dependants during the initial visa application or after you have been granted your visa.
Your family members are permitted to take employment and/or study at a state or private educational establishment during their stay in the United Kingdom.

➢   Can I travel while my application is outstanding?

You may travel while your application for endorsement (stage 1 application) is outstanding. You are not required to submit your passport at this stage. You cannot travel outside of the United Kingdom while your leave application (stage 2) is under consideration.

➢   Can I study?

You can study provided that you are approved for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

➢   English language

There is no requirement to speak English at either the initial stage or when applying for an extension of limited leave to remain. You will need to demonstrate your level of English to qualify for settlement.

➢  Indefinite Leave to Remain

You do not need to apply for an extension if you requested 5 years visa in the initial application, however you will need an extension of your visa if it was granted less than 5 years.
Following a continuous five years you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain. To be approved you must meet the following criteria:
• the Designated Competent Body that originally endorsed your stage 1 application has not advised the Home Office that this has been withdrawn;
• during your most recent period of leave as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant, you have earned money in the UK as a result of employment or self employment in your field of expertise;
• you will be required to provide evidence of your earnings;
• you meet the Knowledge of You will need to meet English language requirement;
• Knowledge of Life in the UK.


➢   Switching your stay in the UK

You can apply to switch to a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if you’re already in the UK with any of these visa types:
• Tier 1
• Tier 2
• Tier 5 (Temporary worker - Government Authorised Exchange) on an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers


➢  What is an Endorsement Review?

If your Stage 1 Application has been refused where you believes an error has been made in the decision. You can request for The Endorsement Review under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) application for endorsement.

➢  How Vision legal Services can help you with a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
• We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement
• We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach
• We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application
• We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures
• We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf
• We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.

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Tier 1 (General) Migrant Visa


From 06 April 2015 the Tier 1 (General) migrant visa has been closed for overseas applicants and for those Tier 1 General migrant seeking to extend their stay if they have already spent 5 years in the UK as Tier 1 General migrant.
A Tier 1 General migrant will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain until 06 April 2018 when the route for indefinite leave to remain closes under the scheme.
If you are a Tier 1 General migrant and wish to extend your stay to continue your employment or self employment activities you may consider alternative routes that you are allowed to switch into such as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant.

➢  Indefinite leave to remain Tier 1 (General) Migrant

You will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) after 5 years stay as a Tier 1 (General) Migrant in the UK with your dependant husband, wife or civil partner; or an unmarried or same-sex partner; or a child aged under 18 years old.
You can apply for indefinite leave to remain 28 days before completing five years residence in the UK. You can count your residence period from the visa issue date if you entered the UK within 90 days of the Tier 1 General/HSMP visa issue date.
If you entered the UK after 90 days of the visa issue date, you should count your five years residence from your date of entry in the UK.

➢  Indefinite leave to remain Tier 1 (General) Migrant

To qualify for Indefinite leave to remain Tier 1 (General) Migrant you must score 85 points if you were granted leave under this category before 6 April 2010, or 95 points if you were if you were granted leave under this category after 6 April 2010. Points are awarded from a minimum to maximum score under the qualifying criterion for indefinite leave to remain as follows:
1. Previous earnings assessment
Your earnings must be made up of 12 consecutive months and must normally fall within the 15 months before your application date and your earnings do not have to be from a single employer and can be from full-time, part-time, temporary or short-term work.
You will be assessed for points based on your gross salary before tax and you can claim for a period of earnings less than 12 months;
You can claim points for a 12-month period outside the 15-month period if you have been away from the workplace for a time during the last 12 months on maternity or adoption-related absence;
You can score up to 45 points for previous earnings assessment for applications for indefinite leave to remain where you had leave as a Writer, Composer or Artist, Self-employed lawyer, or as a Tier 1 (General) migrant under the rules in place before 6 April 2010.
You can score up to 80 points which is the maximum possible for indefinite leave to remain where a previous leave as a Tier 1 (General) migrant was granted under the rules in place on or after 6 April 2010.
2. Qualifications
For applications for indefinite leave to remain where you have had leave as a Highly skilled migrant, Writer, Composer or Artist, Self-employed lawyer, or as a Tier 1 (General) migrant under the rules in place before 6 April 2010 points Scored For Qualifications are the following:

Bachelor 30 points
Master’s degree 35 points
PhD 50 points

For applications for indefinite leave to remain where previous leave as a Tier 1 (General) migrant was granted under the rules in place on or after 6 April 2010 points Scored For Qualifications are the following-

Bachelor 30 points
Master’s degree 35 points
PhD 45 points

3. Age
You will be eligible for points based of your age on the date of your initial application.
For Applications for indefinite leave to remain where an applicant has had, leave as a Writer, Composer or Artist, Self Employed lawyer, or as a Tier 1 (General) migrant under the rules in place before 6 April 2010:

Under 28 years of age 20 points
28 or 29 years of age 10 points
30 or 31 years of age 5 points

For applications for indefinite leave to remain where previous leave as a Tier 1 (General) migrant was granted under the rules in place on or after 6 April 2010:

Under 30 years of age 20 points
30 or 34 years of age 10 points
35 or 39 years of age 5 points

4. UK Experience
You can claim a maximum of 5 points if you have scored points for previous earnings and those earnings were made in the UK and were by immigration status in the UK legally entitled you to be in the UK.

➢  English language requirement

You will need to demonstrate that you passed a recognized English language test for A speaking and listening qualification at level B1 or above from the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list; or
An have academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the United Kingdom or
You are a national of a majority English speaking country which is recognized under the Home Office list. Life in the UK requirement

➢  Knowledge of language and life in the UK

You will have to pass the Knowledge of language and life in the UK test requirement unless you are Tier 1 (General) migrant applying under the terms of the HSMP Forum Judicial Review Policy Document, or highly skilled migrant under the terms of the HSMP ILR judicial review policy document, or bereaved partner.

➢  How Vision Legal Services can help you with Tier 1 (General) migrant visa

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Tier 1 (General) migrant Visa requirements.
• We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement
• We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach
• We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application
• We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures
• We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf
• We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.

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Sole Representative of Overseas Business visa


If you are an employee of an overseas company that wants to establish either a UK branch or subsidiary you can apply for a visa to come to the UK as a Sole Representative of the overseas company wanting to establish either a first UK branch or subsidiary in the UK.
There types of sole representative categories you can apply under from the following:
• as a sole representative of an overseas company is planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company; or
• an employee Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK


➢  What are the requirements of Sole Representative Visa?

To be an eligible as a sole representative of the overseas company you must either have been employed in a senior role at the overseas company or have been specifically recruited to establish an overseas presence abroad, you will need to have the experience of establishing such a presence in the UK.
In addition, you will need to meet with the following criteria:
• be recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK;
• have the ability to make operational decisions without having to consult the senior management of the overseas company;
• not be a majority shareholder in the overseas company;
• be able to maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependents joining you adequately without recourse to public funds;
• intend to establish the overseas company’s first subsidiary and business presence in the UK e.g a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary;
• intend not to work for another employer whilst in the UK accept the company you will establish;
• intend to take up full time employment as a sole representative of the company in the UK;
• the parent company’s principal place of business is still outside the UK and you have powers to make decision for the UK subsidiary without reference to the overseas parent company;
• have knowledge of the business activities, practice and running of the overseas business;
• have relevant qualifications and experience to the nature of the business you are undertaking in the UK

➢  English Language requirement

You will need to demonstrate that you have passed an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening or have academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree Or you may be exempt from meeting with this requirement if you are a national of one of the following countries:
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Australia
• the Bahamas
• Barbados
• Belize
• Canada
• Dominica
• Grenada
• Guyana
• Jamaica
• New Zealand
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Vincent and the Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago
• USA

➢  Sole Representative Dependents

Your family members who include spouse/unmarried partner/same sex partner/Civil Partner and children under 18 years old can apply to accompany you or join you as dependants.
Dependents are able to switch in the UK as dependants of a sole representative or extend their visas on the basis of the main Sole Representative Visa, however dependants cannot switch from visitor’s visa in the UK and must go back to apply for entry clearance.

➢  Extension of a Sole Representative Visa

As a sole representative you will initially be granted a 3 years and 4 months visa which can be extended for another 2 years.
To be eligible for an extension as a sole representative you will need to demonstrate that you continue to meet the criteria and the following criteria:
• you have established a business as a sole representative in the UK which has business presence and are employed on full time basis for the business;
• the overseas business still requires you as a sole representative for the UK business;
• the parent company’s principal place of business is still outside the UK and you have powers to make; decision for the UK subsidiary without reference to the overseas parent company;
• you are applying for an extension from within the UK.


➢  Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Sole Representative

You and your dependants will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain known as settlement or permanent residency after 5 years providing you continue to meet the requirements of a sole representative visa.
You are allowed to be absent from the UK for 180 days each consecutive year during the term of your visa as a Sole Representative.

➢   How Vision Legal Services can help you with Sole Representative Visa

Vision Legal Services Ltd is a specialist immigration law firm regulated by the OISC. We have wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and practice. We are dedicated in providing you the best professional immigration services to help your Sole Representative Visa requirements.
• We will provide you with a consultation to ascertain whether you are able to meet the visa requirement
• We will handle your case with a sympathetic and understanding approach
• We will advise you on the strength and weakness of the application
• We will advise you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures
• We will assist you with the preparation of the application, the collation of supporting documentation and drafting representations to submit to the UKVI on your behalf
• We will keep you informed on the progress and outcome of the case


* Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility and to discuss the options available to you.

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