The Tier (exceptional talent) visa is reserved for those that are considered to be world leaders within the arts or sciences. It is a very difficult visa route, requiring sponsorship from a recognised body within the UK, and requiring that you stand out as having the greatest talent within your particular field. Furthermore, there is a cap on the number of these visas that can be awarded each year. Although the usual points system does apply, the 75 points required for visa acceptance are achieved through official endorsement by a recognised competent body within the UK.
The visa system in the UK runs using a points system. In order for a visa application to be accepted, the applicant must reach a designated number of points. The actual number of points required, and the number of points offered for things like fluent English speaking will differ according to the type of visa that a person applies for. For example, those applying for an investor visa will score highly for having a large sum of money to invest. The exceptional talent visa is unique in that there is only one way to score points, and by meeting one requirement, it is possible to be awarded the visa. This requires that you be endorsed by one of a number of competent bodies recognised in the UK.
Less overlap exists between visa categories, and there are some areas where migrants that would have once qualified for entry into the UK no longer qualify. This is evident in the exceptional talent category of applicants. Whereas a person that would not have qualified under this category would have once qualified under the Tier 1 (exceptional talent) category, the best option would be to apply for a tier 2 visa for skilled workers, but this does require that you have a relevant job offer.
The Tier 1 (exceptional talent) visa is highly specialised, and it requires that you are already recognised as a world leader in your field, or have shown substantial enough talent and recognition that you will become world recognised. Because this is such a difficult visa application to benefit from, it is highly recommended that you use qualified and experienced legal help to acquire it.
The Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa is specifically aimed at those that wish to start or continue the running of a business in the UK. There are certain requirements that must be met in order for the visa to be granted, and if your application is successful, you will initially be granted the right to stay for a period of three years, although this may be further extended. Changes have been introduced to visa applications, which mean that you may be afforded Indefinite Leave to Remain for permanent residency in the UK.
The UK visa application system, in the UK, allows different groups of people to apply for entry into the country. Students and employed professionals are among those that are typically granted permission to remain, but all visas have requirements and stipulations that must be met in order that a person be allowed to remain in the country. Most can also be extended to allow for additional time, and potentially even for the right to remain.
In order to be considered for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa, you must show that you have £250,000 of your own money, or £50,000 of money from an approved third party lender, that you are willing to invest in the establishment and running of a company. You will also be asked to commit to employing at least two EEA citizens for a minimum 12 month period during this time.
The initial investor visa is granted for a period of three years. It is possible to extend your visa for a further two years, but this is dependent on the performance of your business and reliant on the investment of appropriate sums of money. After the additional two years, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). If you create 10 jobs or generate a £5m turnover within the first three years, you will be allowed to apply for ILR at the end of the three year period.
The entrepreneur visa is aimed at businesspeople and entrepreneurs that are willing to invest money in the establishment and running of a successful UK business. With qualified and experienced legal help you can ensure that you apply for the appropriate visa and have the best chance of a successful application.
Skilled workers that are employed by multi-national companies with an office in the UK are able to apply for a Tier 2 (general) visa for intra-company transfers. These visas enable workers from non-EU based companies to travel to, work in, and live in the UK pursuant to their career. The company itself must have a Sponsorship Licence, and they must issue a Certificate of Sponsorship and a job offer to the individual looking for a visa.
Tier 2 visas are considered general visas, but they have a points based system which requires that individuals must meet certain requirements in order to achieve the minimum number of points that grants them access to the visa. The ability to speak English, working in a position that is considered in high-demand, and being able to support oneself on arrival in the country are all awarded points, so it is important that your application is completed fully and accurately to have the greatest chance of a successful application.
The initial visa will be granted for a period of three years, and it is not necessary to show that you are fluent in English to achieve this visa. However, if you wish to extend the visa beyond the initial three year period, then you must pass an English language test. You must also have a Certificate of Sponsorship, and show that you are able to meet the maintenance requirement.
The employer of a person that is applying for an intra-company transfer also has certain requirements that must be met. They must be eligible to apply for a Sponsorship Licence, which is granted by the UK Border Agency, and they must then issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to that employee.
The complexities, and the fact that there are requirements for both employee and employer, means that professional assistance can help ensure the best chance of success when applying for a visa. Whether you are looking to apply for a Sponsorship Licence or a Tier 2 (general) visa, you should ensure that you have suitable legal help and support throughout the process.
The Tier 1 (graduate entrepreneur) visa is a specialist visa that is typically used by those that have graduated in the UK under a student visa, and now wish to establish a profitable business in the country. There are specific requirements that must be met, you will need to show that you have money to support yourself, and you will need the backing of the university where you studied. Although the initial visa awards a 12 month stay, this can be extended for a further 12 months, with the potential for permanent residency to be awarded at a later date.
The visa application system in the UK is used to ensure that migrants bring something to the country. Those that bring the greatest potential, the greatest skills, or the greatest investment are usually those that are afforded the greatest immigration privileges. The Tier 1 (graduate entrepreneur) visa is a very specialised visa that may be considered the next step from a Tier 1 (student) visa and that leads on to a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa.
In order for your application to be successful, you will need to show that you have the backing of the university from which you graduated. You will have to show a credible business plan, and you will need to show that you are able to support yourself while the business is established. You will be permitted to work for a period of up to 20 hours a week in order to support yourself while the business is set up.
The initial visa lasts for a period of 12 months, but it is possible to extend this in some cases. The extension provides an additional 12 month Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa and will not require the intervention or backing of your university. If you wish to bring your family with you, as part of the graduate entrepreneur visa, you will need to show that you have the means to support them, as well as yourself.
The student entrepreneur visa is most commonly used by those that have graduated with a degree, or higher educational qualification, under a Tier 1 (student) visa and that have a viable business idea that is likely to generate profits within one or two years. To ensure the greatest chance of success, you should consider using a qualified and experienced lawyer that can help with your business plan preparation, and with the application itself.
A judicial review is an administrative review of a decision, where the legality of that decision and the process that was used to make the decision are brought into question. This type of civil action is most commonly used, in immigration cases, where no right to appeal has been granted and as a last resort. The process can be complex, as well as time consuming, and although it does not strictly challenge the decision itself, it does challenge the process that led to the decision.
A judicial review is a very specific form of civil action, that is used in UK law in order to have a court oversee a specific decision made against an individual, by a public body. Judicial reviews may be used in a variety of instances, including those where local authorities and other public bodies have refused, or turned down, an application for benefits. They are also used within the immigration process.
It is not common practice to use a judicial review to question the final decision made in an immigration case. However, one may be used to question the fact that a right to appeal was not granted, or to question the legality of a removal to a safe third country. If the court determines that these decisions were made unlawfully, then it can enable you, and your legal team, to mount an additional legal challenge, which could, in turn, help ensure that you are not removed from the country.
The immigration process can be stressful and difficult, especially if deportation or removal is imminent. However, even if a person is being detained, the Home Office has determined that they should be removed, and no right of appeal has been granted, it may not be too late to seek professional legal assistance to challenge some element of the decision.
Much is at stake when it comes to immigration cases, and the system can work quickly once the wheels are in motion. Whether you are looking to challenge the decision of a court, want to appeal where the right to appeal has been granted, or believe that you should have been granted the right to appeal, you should enlist the help of a qualified and experienced legal professional.
Businesses that do not, yet, have a presence in the UK but have a viable and beneficial reason to expand to the UK may wish to send a representative of their company. This representative will typically be employed on a fact finding, planning, and development basis, looking for the best way to expand into the country and then developing the initial plan to help the company start a UK branch. The Sole Representative Visa for Employees is designed for this specific purpose.
The UK is always looking for successful businesses and enterprises that wish to expand into their territory. As such, they will allow companies to send representatives to scope the business industry, and to investigate whether expansion is viable. In order to send an individual to the UK, for this purpose, it is necessary to ensure that they have the appropriate sole representative visa.
The company itself must be established and successful in another country. New companies, which are those that have only been established for a year or less, are unlikely to be considered suitable. Expansion into the UK must also be considered both viable and beneficial, and that expansion should be considered an extension of existing business, so if the work that would be undertaken is considered too diverse, then this is another reason that an application might be rejected.
The individual must also meet certain requirements. They must be a senior member of the company, must be recruited outside the UK, and must usually not be a controlling shareholder or joint owner of the company. The visa is designed for employees, and not for business owners themselves.
You are able to apply for your spouse and children to accompany you under the sole representative visa, and successful application will allow your child to enjoy the same free education and healthcare as UK citizens, and your spouse is entitled to take up full time employment.
The sole representative visa is aimed at employees of established overseas companies that are looking to establish a new UK branch or office. The visa is geared towards individuals and not owners or controlling stakeholders, and it is common for the employer to arrange the visa, rather than the employee themselves.
There are a number of visa types that can be used to gain entry into the UK, including those that are designed for use by high net-worth investors. The investor visa is more properly referred to as a Tier 1 (investors) visa, requires that you have at least the equivalent of £1m to invest in the UK, is not directly linked to any form of employment, and will last for an initial period of three years, although this can be further extended and can eventually lead to permanent citizenship.
Visas generally allow a person to enter the country for a set period of time, but it is necessary that that person meets certain requirements. While work visas require that you take up prearranged employment within the country, student visas require that you study in the country, investor visas demand that you have a minimum of £1m that you will invest into the country. There are no work or study requirements associated with this type of visa.
Your application will be judged and rated according to a number of factors. You will essentially be given a number of points according to the money that you have available to invest, and will also be asked how you intend to invest that money. Your application will be considered according to the responses that you give and the investment that you are looking to make. Those with greater investment potential will have the greatest chance of a successful application.
The investor visa is granted for an initial period of three years. Following this period, it is possible to extend your visa for an additional two years as long as you meet the extension criteria. Following the total five year period, you will be able to apply for permanent citizenship. Recent changes mean that if you invest £5m then you will be allowed permanent citizenship after the first three years, while those that invest £10m or more will be offered citizenship after just two years.
The Tier 1 (investor) visa is aimed at those investors with a high net worth that are willing to invest considerable amounts into the UK economy. You will need to show an ability and willingness to invest at least £1m, and you will need to continue to invest money if you want to prolong your stay.
Immigration is a large and complex area of law, and recent changes have made it more difficult to gain entry or to remain in the UK. Choosing the most appropriate form of visa, completing your application, providing supporting information, and appealing decisions can be challenging, but by ensuring that you have qualified and experienced help will ensure that you have the greatest chance of a successful outcome to your immigration case.
There are various forms of visa that you can apply for, that will allow temporary, or sometimes permanent, entry into the UK. Visas are available for students, entrepreneurs, business owners, workers, and investors, and any visa application will require that you are able to prove that you intend to enter the country for the purpose stated, and you may also be asked to provide evidence such as details of employment, or where you will be staying during your time in the country.
No matter how well you prepare, and how much supporting evidence you send, an entry request or immigration application may not be successful at the first attempt. In some cases, you will be given the right to appeal an unsuccessful application, while those that are not able to appeal may be able to use judicial reviews and other legal steps to help try and attain a positive outcome.
Whether you are unsure of the best type of visa, any additional documentation you will require, or whether you are able to appeal a decision that has been made, seeking accurate and reliable immigration advice from qualified professionals can give you the peace of mind that you require, as well as the outcome that you desire.