5. Access to £200,000 investment funds
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you have access to £200,000 in investment funds and you can prove that the money is either:
- your own
- made available to you by other people (‘third parties’), such as a spouse, partner or investor
- in a joint account with your spouse or partner but only if they aren’t applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
The funds must be held in the UK if you’re applying for leave to remain.
You can also apply if you’ve invested £200,000 in a UK business. You must have invested the funds less than 12 months before you apply.
Apply as a former Tier 1 (Post-study) worker or Tier 4 student
If you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (Post-study worker) visa or as a Tier 4 student, you must follow the rules for applying with £50,000 funding.
Apply if you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (General) visa
If you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (General) visa, you can only apply with £200,000 of your own funds if you:
- have been involved in running one or more UK businesses (for example you’re listed as a company director) since before 6 April 2015
- have been working in a job on the list of occupations at the regulated qualifications framework level 4 and above since before 6 April 2015