Changes to Tier 1 (entrepreneur) route are introduced

Posted: 01/02/2013


The Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, has announced that changes to the Tier 1 (entrepreneur) route will be introduced as a result of evidence which has been received that the route is being targeted by applicants seeking to abuse the immigration rules.

A ministerial statement was laid before Parliament on 30 January 2013, proposing the following changes:

  • the introduction of an entrepreneur test which will test the credibility of applicants who are deemed to be suspicious; and
  • a requirement which means the necessary minimum funds must be held or invested in the business, on an ongoing basis, rather than only at the time of application.

For further details, please see the ministerial statement and statement of changes.


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