UK Business Visas

UK immigration to pursue business interests is possible through a variety of immigration services allowing business entrepreneurs to start- or invest in a business, become self-employed, or pursue an innovative idea in Great Britain.

Tier 1 – Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is for foreign nationals applying to emigrate to the UK based on a substantial investment, by starting or assuming control of a UK business without the need for a sponsor. However, applicants must still score a specified points total, based on general Tier 1 visa requirements and specific eligibility criteria for this category.

Candidates must be financially self-sufficient, and be able to support accompanying dependants. 

Why not take our free assessment for a bespoke consultation to discuss your needs?

Tier 1 – Investor

The Tier 1 Investor visa is designed for those who intend to make a substantial investment in the UK. The investment sum required for this category is a much larger sum, but there is no requirement to engage in business activities.

No maintenance test is required, and proficiency in the English language is deemed unnecessary, as is the requirement that applicants must be able to financially support themselves and their dependents.

Tier 2 – Work Permits

Tier 2 work permits are designed for medium- and highly skilled workers emigrating to the UK, and require applicants to have secured an offer of employment with a British company.

A Tier 2 visa application is employer-led, with the sponsoring company applying on behalf of the candidate. However, like elsewhere in the new system, candidates will be assessed on a points basis, and must meet a qualifying points threshold.

Entrepreneur and Investor visas, and Tier 2 work permits, offer the long-term possibility of UK permanent resident status. Although the Tier 2 permit is not a permanent residency visa, candidates meeting the five-year minimum residency requirement may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR). Beyond this, a candidate may choose to undergo British Naturalisation as a UK citizen.

Tier 2 – Intra-Company Transfers

Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers (ICT's) allow multi-national employers to transfer overseas employees to fill a specific position they have been unable to fill via the resident workforce. 

An Intra-Company Transfer work permit allows non-citizens to work in a specific role for a specific company for an agreed period. Candidates must have been employed by the overseas branch of the company for a period of at least six months prior to the application, and must show the candidate has the knowledge and experience to fulfil the role.

Depending on the country, applications must be made by the employee or the sponsoring company. 

How Brighter Candidates can help

As a specialist UK immigration consultancy, Brighter Candidates can help you assess the most appropriate immigration route for your relocation to the UK. 

Whether you require a temporary visitor visa or a longer-term immigration solution, our consultants can provide immigration-lawyer advice throughout your visa application.

February 12, 2015

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My experience with Brighter Visas has been wonderful so far. From the day of my assessment to the day of my application to the day of searching for employment, everything has been very smooth. My consultant, Mr. Luke, has been very helpful and accommodating with all my inquiries and needs. He's always available whenever I have questions or when I'm in need of his assistance. He calls me from time-to-time to update me of my case and assures me that everything is going well, which is why I never worry of my application because I'm confident that I am in good hands and in a good team. Brighter Visas also sends e-news letters, which give me more options and knowledge of the employment in my desired country.

I have already recommended Brighter Visas to my friends and would recommend it to my colleagues.

Thank You, Brighter Visas!


The whole experience of using Brighter Visas was very professional and dealt with extremely efficiently, from initial enquiries with Chetan to structuring the application and final outcome with Simin.

I would recommend Brighter to anyone looking to immigrate and in need of an agent.

Many thanks for a pleasant service and great outcome.


The immigration consultant was very knowlegeable and provided me with a regular update on my case. I never imagined it was for real until i got an email that my green card has been approved. At this point, i am more than willingly to recommend Brighter Visas to friends and family members since they truly are the best in rendering professisonal immigration services to people world over.


It is difficult to explain how good it felt when my visa was approved.  Years of dreaming about living overseas out of the smoke.  Then applying to make the move before I got too old with my whole family was so stressful and exciting but also I was very anxious.  I just want to say thanks to the whole team for my visa but most of all for giving me months of free therapy when I needed a little reassurance I was doing the right thing.  

I love my new life and my kids are doing so well in School it is just amazing.