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.
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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