Entrepreneur Visa Extensions
The Entrepreneur Visa allows individuals to stay and work in the UK for up to 3 years. New applications for the Entrepreneur Visa route can no longer be made, however, if you’re currently on a UK Entrepreneur Visa, you can still extend your visa. You can also apply to switch your visa to a different work visa type such as the Start-up Visa or the Innovator Visa.
Entrepreneur Visa extension guidance
Extending your Entrepreneur Visa will allow you to stay in the UK under this visa type for a further 2 years. After a total of 5 years in the UK on this visa type, you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
To be eligible for an extension, you will need to show that you have met the Home Office’s strict requirements. Westkin Associates provide a comprehensive service, working with your accountants and other key providers, to ensure that the documents are accepted. If the applicant successfully meets the criteria of the home office, the visa extension will be issued.
Entrepreneur Visa extension requirements
To meet the key extension requirements, you must:
- Have invested the full two hundred thousand pounds in the company you have started.
- Have employed two new staff members for your company.
- Have registered as the director of the company within 6 months of gaining your visa
- Show that you are still registered as the director.
Applicants who meet these requirements will have high chances of success in their application to extend the Entrepreneur Visa. The extension will last for two years, and after five years you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Following this, you will be able to apply for Naturalisation and gain British Citizenship.
To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an Entrepreneur Visa extension, please get in touch with our Immigration team by calling our office on 0207 1184 546 or through our website.
What if I want Accelerated Settlement?
The accelerated settlement pathway is eligible for Entrepreneur Visa holders who can show that they have a turnover of £5 million pounds over the past 3 years, or that they have employed 10 people in the past 3 years.
Entrepreneur Visa Extension Refusals
It is very common to receive a refusal on your Entrepreneur Visa Extension application. Often, refusals are given because something is missing from your application, or you don’t have enough supporting evidence. Westkin Associates will always stand by you and is prepared to take actions to appeal wrongful refusals. We often work with clients who have had their extension applications refused, and after looking over their application, are able to advise on where more evidence is needed.
Clients who have initially been refused may still be granted their appeal if they win an appeal, administrative review, or if they can rectify the mistakes that previously they had made. We can also prepare fresh applications if necessary. If your previous application has gone wrong, we are here to help. Refusals may be deeply discouraging, but it does not mean that there are no options left.
Switching to a different visa type
If you’re already in the UK under the Entrepreneur Visa, you may want to switch to a new visa type rather than extending. The most common routes after the Entrepreneur Visa are either the Start-up Visa, for individuals who are starting a new business in the UK, or the Innovator Visa, for individuals who want to set up or run an innovative business in the UK.
For information on switching to either of these visa categories, please see the relevant pages linked above, or get in touch with our Immigration team.
Why choose Westkin for assistance with your Entrepreneur Visa extension
We strongly encourage those who have been denied an extension to seek a second opinion as their current legal representative, who had committed these errors, will not be objective in assessing the prospects of your case.
If you believe your refusal was due to being misled, your case was mishandled, or you feel you were not given the necessary attention. Then call us now, and we can arrange the next steps for your successful appeal, administrative review or reapplication.
With over 80 years’ experience within every aspect of immigration law, we are confident we can support you with your immigration matter.
The visa extension process for the entrepreneur visa can often be time stress-inducing and time-consuming. Westkin Associates is here to minimise the frustration and to make the process as simple as possible for you. Our dedicated entrepreneur legal experts will guide you through every aspect of the extension process and will leave you with time to focus on expanding your business. Read our six unbreakable promises for more information on why you should work with us.