Monday, 23 October 2017

10 weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips – Week 3 – Raise the funds that will remain available after you secure your visa.

Another day, another request for advice from a client to extend his Entrepreneur visa but ... “there is no money”.  This is a typical scenario – and a cry for help -  we see, which is rapidly becoming very common. A migrant had an initial Entrepreneur visa issued 3 years ago, having provided evidence of £200,000 (often borrowed from their families).
Now, 3 years later, his visa is about to expire and he needs to apply for extension. One of the conditions, however, is that this money had been invested in a UK business. In a typical scenario, we see investment of only a quarter of that amount. The rest of the money isn’t there and often was returned to the family.
Although this concerns a visa extension stage, we would strongly advise to think about this during the initial application. On one hand, it is a part of the Genuine Entrepreneur Test that the funds are “genuinely” available and will continue to be available. The visa officers will be using the balance of probabilities principle. In plain language it means they will be “guessing” , based on your evidence and previous history, whether you are likely to run a business and invest the funds, or whether you are likely to do precisely what they are worried about – obtain a visa, come to the UK and do something else.
On the other hand, 3 years of the initial visa may seem like a long time, but in practice, time goes by very fast, and you will be facing a major problem when trying to extend. The Immigration Rules do not require to invest the funds on equal amounts per year, for example, the rule is to have invested within 3 years. Strictly speaking, it could be the whole amount of £200,000 just one day before applying for extension, but it is unlikely to pass the “genuineness” test.
Our advice – it is better to wait and raise genuine funds and apply for a visa when you are genuinely ready. Once in the UK, to genuinely follow the visa conditions. We covered some of the “genuineness” aspects in the post last week.

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