Entrepreneur Visa Extensions
Westkin Associates are proud to assist with the extension of your entrepreneur visa. Often the process can be confusing, time consuming and stressful. Through our dedicated entrepreneur teams our specialist immigration lawyers can project manage every aspect of your extension ensuring a smooth, stress free service that allows you to focus on growing your business. We also provide comprehensive advice for clients who are undertaking their initial application. For more information call us today on 0207 118 4546 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
On this page you will find an overview to the Entrepreneur visa extension process.
What is an Entrepreneur Visa Extension and do I need to extend?
An Entrepreneur extension is the process of extending the visa which is initially issued for a period of three years (if issued in country) or three years and four months (if issued out of country).
The holder must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements of the visa and provide the required documents to prove so. Westkin Associates provide a comprehensive service, working with your accountants and other key providers, to ensure that the documents meet the requirements of the Home Office. If the applicant successfully meets the criteria of the home office the visa extension will be issued which usually lasts for an additional two years.
What do I need to prove?
The majority of extensions require four key criteria to be proven. However, if the applicant wants accelerated settlement then they must meet an extra requirement.
Below is an overview of the criteria needed to be met. Please note that the below is intended as a guide only. Visa extensions, especially within the Entrepreneur category can be complex and often require specialist legal knowledge. As such, we always recommend that clients seek legal advice and representation rather than attempting the application themselves which can result in expulsion from the UK for ten years if incorrectly lodged.
The Home Office will want to verify:
- If the original £200,000 has been invested into a new or existing company?
- Has the new or existing company taken on the equivalent of two additional staff?
- If the applicant registered as a director within 6 months of obtaining the visa?
- If the applicant is the still registered as a director of any UK company currently?
After successfully meeting the above criteria, amongst other Home Office requirements, the Entrepreneur extension may be granted. The visa is granted for a period of two years and following the successful completion of five years (whilst meeting other criteria) the visa holder may apply for permanent residency or Indefinite Leave to Remain.
What if I want Accelerated Settlement?
If the applicant intends to apply for accelerated settlement they must satisfy an additional Home Office requirement. Accelerated settlement allows the applicant to apply for Indefinite Leave to remain after a period of three years instead of the usual five year requirement. In order to apply for accelerated settlement the applicant must prove that:
Their company or companies have reached a turnover of 5 million pounds over the 3 years or that they have employed 10 persons across the 3 years.
What if you have been refused?
Aside from preparing our clients’ initial applications, at Westkin we specialise in taking over cases which have been refused with other law firms.
We assist clients who have been initially refused and win their cases on appeals, administrative reviews or if necessary rectify the mistakes made from previous firms and prepare fresh applications.
If your previous application has gone wrong, we are there to help.
We understand receiving a refusal is a stressful and disheartening experience, you may feel like you have limited options and with no one else to turn to.
With our experience we find the majority of refusals are due to the ‘genuine entrepreneur’ and ‘investment funds’ requirements.
No matter how much your previous lawyer stated they knew the immigration rules, it is their inexperience and lack of commercial knowledge that has led to the refusal. The entrepreneur visa demands lawyers with a commercial know-how to ensure a successful application.
Being based in Mayfair, London we are aware of this and will of course assist in all aspects of the application from the business plan to ensuring the documents are compliant.
We find with refusals it is always beneficial to seek a new firm and assess the options with a second opinion, rather than continue with the lawyers who committed the errors in the first place and who will no longer be objective in assessing 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 to and we can arrange the next steps for your successful appeal, administrative review or reapplication.
With over 16 years’ experience within all areas of immigration law and close ties to the Home Office and the UKTI, Westkin are proud to support you in achieving your business and immigration goals. Contact us today on 0207 118 4546 or via email@example.com to discuss your options and to book a consultation.
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