The United Kingdom’s Tier 1 visa immigration scheme is part of the five tier points based visa system for immigration to the UK. Tier 1 visas are for eligible entrepreneurs, investors, and for the very small number of people who can come under the ‘Exceptional Talent’ visa category. The various Tier 1 visa categories replaced similar immigration schemes in early 2008.
UK Tier 1 visas are designed to attract what the Home Office refer to as the ‘brightest and best’ of potential UK immigration candidates. Unlike tier 2 visas, which also apply to those moving to the UK for long-term business or employment purposes.
Under Tier 1 – Applicants may apply through one of the following categories:
This category of Tier 1 UK Visa is designed to attract talented and skilled individuals to the UK. Judged on a case-by-case basis, applicants must prove that they are recognized as world leaders in their field of expertise. Take the free assessment to find out if you meet these requirements. You may also like to visit UK Work Permit information.
The General category applies to highly skilled candidates wishing to enter the UK in order to seek and undertake employment. The program is now discontinued, however existing UK Tier 1 Visa holders will still be permitted to renew or extend the visa. Applicants who previously qualified for Tier 1 are now eligible for Tier 2 Visas.
Applicants for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa will be investing in the UK economy by starting or assuming control of a business. Candidates must also be involved in the day-to-day running of the enterprise concerned.
The Investor stream of Tier 1 is aimed at individuals making a substantial investment in the UK.
Tier 1 Visa assessment
As with the previous HSMP, tier 1 visa applications for the UK will be assessed on a range of criteria. In sub-categories of tier 1, candidates will be assessed against a specific group of requirements. However, the following general requirements will apply to all streams:
- English Language Proficiency – The PBS places emphasis upon competence in the English Language, especially in tier 1.
- Self – Sufficiency – All migrants in tier 1 must be able to support both themselves and any dependent family members.