TIER 1 IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES
The UK Governments is currently operating the so-called Points Based System, or the PBS, which is generally split into the 4 main Tiers: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5. Each of these Tiers is also split into a number of sub-tiers. Generally, the lower the number in the Tier, the more valuable the migrant is for the UK Government. The below is a general description of the currently available Tier 1 immigration categories.
Tier 1 Investor
The Tier 1 investor category is designed to allow high net worth applicants to make a substantial financial investment in the United Kingdom. The basis requirements is to have the minimum amount of £2,000,000 and invest it into the UK business or the UK Government bonds.
Depending on the amount of investment, the Tier 1 Investor migrant, subject to meeting the relevant requirements of the Rules, may qualify for Settlement after 5 years if £2,000,000 have been duly invested, or in 3 years if £5,000,000 have been duly invested or in 2 years, if £10,000,00 have been duly invested. Tier 1 Investors are exempt from passing the English language test in order to enter the UK as Tier 1 Investors. The Tier 1 Investors can bring with them their partners and children under the age of 18 (at the time of the initial application).
Tier 1 Investor immigration category may be applied for either from outside of the UK or in the UK.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
This immigration category is designed for those applications, who can invest in the UK the minimum amount of £200,000 by opening a business in the UK and consequently employing minimum of 2 settled workers. In this case a Tier 1 Entrepreneur may qualify for Settlement, subject to meeting all the relevant Rules, after 5 years in the UK. In case a Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrant has been able to employ 10 settled workers or earned at least £5,000,00 such Tier 1 Entrepreneur may qualify for Settlement in 3 years. The Tier 1 Entrepreneurs can bring with them their partners and children under the age of 18 (at the time of the initial application).
Tier 1 Entrepreneur immigration category may be applied for either from outside of the UK or in the UK.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Tier 1 Exceptional Promise
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route is for those applicants who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent in the fields of science and the arts and who wish to work in the UK. Applicants must be internationally recognised as world leaders in their field.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent applicants may qualify for Settlement in the UK after 3 years. Tier 1 Exceptional Promise applicants may qualify for Settlement in the UK after 5 years.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise applicants can bring with them their partners and children under the age of 18 (at the time of the initial application).
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise immigration category may be applied for either from outside of the UK or in the UK.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category has replaced a Tier 1 Post Study Work category.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category is intended to retain visa national graduate students identified by the UK higher education institutions as having developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills, to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish or more businesses in the UK.
You may not usually apply under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category if you are outside the UK.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is usually issued for 1 year, and successful applicants may, subject to meeting the relevant Requirements, apply for extend their visas for another year. In order to remain in the UK for Settlement the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs will need to switch into a different immigration category.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur applicants can bring with them their partners and children under the age of 18 (at the time of the initial application).
The above is just a general description of the relevant PBS immigration categories, as detailed description and requirements would take hundreds and hundreds of pages (also frequently updated by the UK BA).
We regularly work with the above immigration categories and we can certainly answer your questions or perhaps assist you in coming to the UK as a migrant in one of the Tier PBS categories.
The above options are not exhaustive as we treat every client's case individually. Please do not hesitate to book a phone, Skype or office consultation with us for a professional immigration advice and possible further representation before the UK Border Agency or the First Tier or Upper Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (FTT/UTT IAC).
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