TIER 1 (ENTREPRENEUR)
For people starting or joining one or more businesses in the Isle of Man
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Tier 1 (Enterpreneur)
The Isle of Man maintains the popular Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, for people actively starting or joining Isle of Man businesses.
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) allows people starting or joining one or more Isle of Man businesses to obtain residence in the Isle of Man or UK, and ultimately full British citizenship. The category generally requires an investment of at least GBP200,000 and the creation of at least two jobs for settled workers in the Isle of Man, and leads to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after five years. However, other options are available and Kinley Legal can help ensure the viability of the business plan and the likelihood of success of the immigration application.
The UK closed its own similar Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category on 29 March 2019, meaning that in 2019 and early 2020 the Isle of Man offers a special opportunity to enter the category on terms no longer available in the UK.
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) is available to new applicants from overseas, as well as to people already in the Isle of Man or UK and switching from a different long-term category. Applications from overseas are made through the relevant British immigration agency, while applications from the Isle of Man and UK are made directly to the Isle of Man Immigration Service.
Please note that this category will close to new applications on 6 April 2020. Please see Business Migrant (Innovator) & (Start Up) for the replacement route, which will offer different and, in some places, more advantageous terms than the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route.
How good does my English need to be?
You will need to demonstrate your English level in a way prescribed under the Immigration Rules, for instance by passing an IELTS for UKVI SELT test at CEFR level B1 across all four subjects.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, this category allows a spouse or partner and minor children to move with the main applicant, and they can work, subject to work permits and conditions set out in the Immigration Rules. Older children may need to be considered as a separate case: Kinley Legal can advise on this.
Can I live in the UK on this visa?
Provided that you comply with the conditions of the visa, the UK recognises the right of the holder to be in the UK.
Can I obtain this visa together with a business partner?
Yes, two migrants applying at the same time can together establish or invest in the business as an "entrepreneurial team" and share the minimum investment and employment requirements.
Do I need a criminal record certificate to obtain this visa?
You and your adult dependants will typically need to obtain criminal record certificates from each country you have lived in in the last 10 years. Kinley Legal can confirm the requirements in your case.
Do I need to pay NHS Surcharge?
No, there is no NHS Surcharge in the Isle of Man. This means that the costs of making an Isle of Man visa application are often considerably cheaper than in the UK.
What if my business is very successful?
If your business a very high income in the first three years, or has created at least 10 jobs, you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after three years, rather than the normal five years.
Do I need to spend all my time in the Isle of Man?
No. You will still be eligible for ILR, provided you have spent at least 180 days in each year in any of the Isle of Man, the UK and the Channel Islands.
Can I work for someone else on this visa?
You cannot be a direct employee of someone else's business, but your businesses may be able to provide your services to other companies.
Do I need a work permit in addition to my visa?
The main holder of a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is exempt from the requirement to hold a separate Isle of Man work permit. Your dependants may need work permits: Kinley Legal can help assess this.
I applied for this visa, but have been refused. Can Kinley Legal help?
Yes, contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss your options. Unlike in the UK, in the Isle of Man applicants have a full right of appeal against immigration decisions, which means that if you have wrongly been refused, an appeal can often be heard by an independent immigration judge within weeks.
Hasn't Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) been closed down?
The UK has closed the category, but it remains available in the Isle of Man until early 2020, when it will be replaced with a new Business Migrant visa.