Saturday, 9 March 2019

Dates and deadlines for Tier 1 and new business visas

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and (Graduate Entrepreneur) visas are closing to new entrants on 29 March 2019. New Innovator and Start-up categories are respectively succeeding them. They are not under Tiers or Points-Based System. This post is focusing on the dates and deadlines, on what happens to those who have the migrants on these visas in the future.   

#1 Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – closed to new applications on 29 March 2019.Last applications are accepted on 28 March 2019, date of application being date of online payment. 

#2 New Start-up and Innovator visas will be open from 29 March 2019. 

#3 Existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants- extensions will be open until 5 April 2023, and settlement applications until 5 April 2025. Both will be under the ‘old rules’, ie under the rules as before 29 March 2019. 

#4 Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) -  endorsements will be open until 5 April 2019, still subject to the usual annual limit. Visa applications, based on these endorsements, will be open until 5 July 2019. 

#5 If you have a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and have not spent 2 years on it: you can ‘extend’ under the new Start-up category, under its new rules, to make up the 2 years. Your visa will be for the difference between 2 years and time spent on GE visa. 

#6 Once you have spent 2 years on a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa, you will still be able to switch into the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category until 5 July 2021; and it will be under the ‘old rules, ie under the rules as before 29 March 2019. This includes a scenario when you have spent 2 years in combination with the new Start-up visa, or when you don’t wish to wait for 2 years and are ready to meet the requirements before that. For such Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) cases, extension applications will remain open until 5 July 2025, and settlement applications until 5 July 2027. 

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