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UK Announces New Amendments to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Route

July 2014, 18
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The UK’s Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire, has announced new requirements to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa that allows individuals to set up a business in the country.

According to the new amendments, students holding funds from a government-approved source will be able to switch to UK Tier 1 visa (Entrepreneur) while additional proof demonstrating their business activities will be required for post-study workers. In addition to this, the individuals who have not yet started a business and do not hold any proof of their business activities will not be allowed to switch to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa from the old post-study route.

The new amendments will not applicable to those individuals who hold seed funding or funding offered by another government department and for those individuals who are transferring from the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work). Besides, the individuals who have done their graduation in the UK will be able to extend their stay through the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route.

The amendments to the UK Immigration Rules also include removal of all tests provided by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), and certain tests provided by Cambridge English and Trinity College London from the list of authorized English tests. A new scheme referred as “12-month mathematics teacher exchange” will be added to the Tier 5 (Government Authorized Exchange) category.

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