The UK Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, made some surprising announcements on 6 December 2018. The most important of these that we want to highlight is the fact that the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route may soon be replaced.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route to be replaced by Innovator Route
The current Tier 1 Entrepreneur route will be replaced by a new Innovator route, for more experienced business persons. It will have a “similar emphasis on endorsement by a business sponsor, who will assess applicants’ business ideas for their innovation, viability and scalability”.
We subsequently encourage applicants who still want to apply under the current Tier 1 Entrepreneur route, to contact us without delay!
New Start-up Visa Route
Earlier in 2018, the UK Government announced that it will establish a new Start-up visa route. This route will build on the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route. Applicants under this new route will have to be endorsed by either a business or higher education institution sponsor.
Tier 1 Investor Route suspended or not?
The UK Government announced on 6 December 2018 that the Tier 1 Investor route is suspended. They said that this route will from 7 December 2018 no longer be open for applicants to apply, and that new rules will be put in place sometime during 2019.
However, the Home Office has since released an official statement to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) stating the following;
” The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended. However, the Government remains committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course. Any suspension would be implemented through changes to the Immigration rules.”
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent open for Architects
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route will be expanded to provide for the inclusion of leading architects. These architects will have to be endorsed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, under the remit of the Arts Council England.
Tier 5 Religious Workers and Charity Workers
Tier 5 Religious Workers and Tier 5 Charity Workers will in future have a cooling off period. This cooling off period will prevent them from returning to the UK for 12 months, on another Tier 5 visa. This step is taken to underpin the fact that this is a temporary route.