Entrepreneur Extension & Settlement Visas

This category was closed to new applicants on 29 March 2019.  Those already holding leave as entrepreneurs will be able to extend their stay and secure settlement, subject to meeting relevant requirements of the Immigration Rules.


What are the extension and settlement requirements?

In order to qualify for further leave to remain as an Entrepreneur, you must have registered as a company director or registered as self employed with HMRC within 6 months of entry, be able to prove your investment of at least £200,000 in a new or existing business in the UK, and show that your involvement created at least 2 full-time jobs in your first 3 years of involvement with the business. The English language requirement for an extension remains at leave B1, and maintenance funds must once again be shown. UK Visas and Immigration will also assess your business activities in the first 3 years, to decide whether you are a genuine entrepreneur. 

You must also comply with residence requirements – essentially spending at least half your time inside the UK, engaged in business activities.

An accelerated settlement route exists for individuals whose business has created at least 10 jobs, or has generated turnover exceeding £5 million.  If seeking to settle in the standard way after 5 years in this category, you must again provide evidence of job creation in your last period of leave and pass the Life in the UK test. 

How we can help

Our expert solicitors can assist individuals with their Entrepreneur extension and settlement applications by providing in-depth guidance about the requirements, and we can also prepare the entire application which is accompanied by a detailed representations document explaining how the relevant Immigration Rules are met.

Why choose Latitude Law?

Latitude Law demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of immigration law, Home Office policy and case law. We have an excellent success rate for entrepreneur cases, combined with an exceptional reputation as one of the UK’s leading immigration solicitors. We work tirelessly to ensure we prepare your case, ensuring you have the correct documentation and knowledge to succeed in the complex application process.

Entrepreneur Visa Q&As

Am I eligible for an Entrepreneur visa?

No, unless you made your application prior to 29 March 2019.

Can I extend my Entrepreneur visa?

You must extend your visa up to 28 days before your current visa expires. In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Be able to prove you’re self-employed, working in a partnership or be an active director
  • Have invested at least £200,000 in new or existing UK business
  • Hold maintenance funds for you and your family
  • Have created at least 2 full-time jobs which have existed for a minimum of 12 months in your initial 3 years’ leave Once the application has been sent, you are eligible to remain in the UK until a decision has been granted, as long as the application was made prior to your previous leave expiring.

You can read more about extending your entrepreneur visa here.

What should I do if my application for an Entrepreneur visa is refused?

Entrepreneur Visas have one of the highest refusal rates of all UK visas, with over 1/3 of applicants being refused. Due to the complex nature of applying as an entrepreneur, we suggest seeking the advice of an experienced immigration solicitor.

What can I do to minimise the risk of refusal?

To minimalise the risk of your application being refused, it is essential that you are thoroughly prepared for each part of the process. You will be asked to provide evidence of your business activities in the UK, and may be interviewed by a Home Office official.

If you require assistance, our team of experts can assist to ensure you’re fully prepared and guide you through the complex process.

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What our clients say…

UK Entry Clearance Granted

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to Joel Reiss for his amazing service in relation to my visa application.

Reiss was outstanding as a consultant and adviser and my family and I highly value the efforts he took; we are deeply appriciative of his work and knowledge in the legal matters, processes and proceedings. He prepared our application including a covering letter from scratch, which he refined through discussion before making it an impeccable one to refuse. There were a few complicated elements surrounding our application and we believe had it not been for Mr.Reiss and his flawless services together with the expertise of Latitude Law, we would not have recieved our visa.

He was quick in clarifying our queries and made it a point to reply as soon as possible. Even when we had to be away from work, Reiss made sure our application was not interrupted and it could be filed on time. The constant communication and the replies continued even after the application was submitted and the services were paid for all the way till we recieved the decision. We have even been informed of the travel guidelines and quarantine regulations, and I honestly believe the fee we paid did not include these supplementary services.

I would also like to extend my upmost appreciation to Gary McIndoe, the Director, Latitude Law and everybody else at the firm including Jessica Lee for their service and cooperation.

I would not think twice in recommending Joel Reiss and Latitude Law for visa application and allied services.

Mr Vineesh

Success for the Bouameur Family

I am writing this on behalf of the whole family, we would like to say thank you. These two words are such small words for the gratitude and high regard we all hold you in.

Your firm and especially you have been with us throughout the difficult years we have had and you have always been there when we needed picking up, our shoulder to cry on that saw us through with honesty and realistic advice.

I cannot recommend your firm and you enough to people who find themselves at the mercy of a system that at best can be described as confusing.

You have given us back our lives and for that you will always be a cherished member of our family and never forgotten

Many many thanks to you and your team for everything

The Bouameur Family

Naturalisation success for a medical doctor

I shall have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Latitude Law, which is clearly an extremely proficient unit, exemplified by helping clients with patience, attention to detail and sensitivity in equal measure.

Particular mention is merited to Ms Gemma Wylie, whose professionalism is par excellence. I couldn’t thank her enough.

Dr LG

All content on this page was reviewed by Latitude Law and is accurate as of 11/07/2021