Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Guidance and Requirements

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Requirements and Application FormApplicants under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category are granted an initial period of leave of no more than three years and four months for out-of-country applicants, and three years for in-country applicants. At the end of this period of leave, an extension can be sought for a further two years if the individual:

  • has invested, or had invested on their behalf, not less than £200,000 (or £50,000 if, in their last grant of leave, they were awarded points for funds of £50,000) in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK;
  • has registered as a director or as self-employed not more than six months after the date they were given permission to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa;
  • can prove they have been self-employed or working as a director of a business three months before they apply for an extension; and,
  • has created at least two full-time equivalent jobs that have existed for at least 12 months.

Job Creation

For extensions applications during the initial period of three (3) and four (4) months, a Tier-1 (Entrepreneur) migrant needs to create a full-time job (at least 30 hours of work a week) for at least 12 months. Moreover, two or more part-time jobs that add up to 30 hours a week can count as one full-time job.

Tier-1 (Entrepreneur) migrants who invest in the same business and are not part of an entrepreneurial team preferably may not use the same evidence of job creation.

Applicants who have had an entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier-1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant, business person or an innovator, in the preceding twelve months immediately before the application date, must meet the extension criteria and as they cannot utilise the initial criteria for applying.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Form

For extension and BRP the main applicant is required to fill the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Form. Applications made on this form may not be made in person. A complete form can be sent through post or courier to the Home Office at the following addresses:

Postal Address: UK Visas & Immigration. Home Office, Tier 1, PO Box 496, Durham, DH99 1WQ, United Kingdom

Courier Address: UK Visas & Immigration, Home Office, Tier 1, Wearside House, Riverside Place, Freemans Reach, Durham, DH1 1SL

For applications made on this form as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant, there is a fee of £1277 for standard postal applications. A £55 discount of CESC (Council of Europe Social Charter) discount is applicable for the main applicant.

Extension Form – PBS Dependant

Each Dependant is required to complete a separate Tier 1 Dependant Application Form and the Fee is £1277 (standard postal).

You can now apply online if you are a dependant partner or child. The online form will ask questions that are relevant to you based on the information you enter. You can edit and download the application before it is submitted.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Statistics: Main Applicants

During 2008-17, a total of 29,035 extensions and leave to remain decisions made under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route relating to the Main Applicants. And also, 14,495 extensions granted and 14,540 main applicants refused under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur. Moreover, 10 years average Tier 1 extension refusal rate is 50.08%. Apparently, the Tier 1 entrepreneur extension refusal rate was lowest in 2011 (17.43%) and highest in 2013 (64.08%). However, afterwards, the Tier 1 extension refusal rate has gradually come down and in 2017 it is 32.71%, which is good news for applicants.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Grants and Refusal Rate Main Applicants 2008-17

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 24 11 13 54.17%
2009 118 89 29 24.58%
2010 222 180 42 18.92%
2011 436 360 76 17.43%
2012 1,247 803 444 35.61%
2013 9,263 3,327 5,936 64.08%
2014 8,705 4,401 4,304 49.44%
2015 2,648 1,375 1,273 48.07%
2016 2,734 1,501 1,233 45.10%
2017 3,638 2,448 1,190 32.71%
Total 29,035 14,495 14,540 50.08%

Dependants: Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Statistics 2008-17

During 2008-17, a total of 14,799 extensions and leave to remain decisions made under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route relating to the Dependants Applicants i.e. spouse/civil partner and children under 18 years of age. And also, 8,417 extensions granted and 6,382 dependant applicants refused under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route. Moreover, 10 years average Tier 1 entrepreneur dependant refusal rate is 43.12%.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Dependants Extension Grants and Refusal Rate 2008-17

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 68 53 15 22.06%
2009 203 164 39 19.21%
2010 235 187 48 20.43%
2011 323 279 44 13.62%
2012 710 499 211 29.72%
2013 4,531 1,676 2,855 63.01%
2014 4,809 2,761 2,048 42.59%
2015 1,964 1,355 609 31.01%
2016 1,956 1,443 513 26.23%
2017 2,600 2,125 475 18.27%
Total 17,399 10,542 6,857 39.41%


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