Business Immigration in United Kingdom

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This visa category is for people wishing to go to the UK to start a business. You may start any type of business, but you must work full time in the management of the business.

If you are going to be sent to the UK by a company which does not have an existing UK presence, you may be able to go to the UK using a sole representative visa

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Points System

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applications are assessed using a points system, applicants must score a full 95 points to be granted a visa. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of how points are awarded.

Condition Points
Having access to at least £200,000 of disposable investment funds OR
having at least £50,000 from one of the following:

  • One or more registered venture capital firms
  • One or more UK Entrepreneurial seed funding competitions
  • One or more UK government departments
25
Having investment funds that are held in a regulated financial institution 25
Having investment funds that are free to spend 25
Having access to the required maintenance funds 10
Meeting the required level of English language proficiency 10

Other activities and restrictionsWorkers on this visa can work for the UK business they are running in a salaried or self employed role, but cannot take another job outside of the business.