Switching into and out of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

You may switch into a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, if you meet the requirements. You may also switch out of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa status into another status, if you meet the requirements for the visa you wish to switch to.

If you already have permission to stay in the UK under any of the following categories, you can apply to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) from inside the UK:

Tier 1 (General)

Tier 1 (Investor)

Tier 1 (Post-study work)

business person


Highly Skilled Migrant Programme


student nurse

student re-sitting an examination

student writing up a thesis

work permit holder

postgraduate doctor or dentist

self-employed lawyer

writer, composer or artist


International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science & Engineering Graduate Scheme)

Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

Tier 2

Tier 4

prospective entrepreneur

If you are in a different immigration category, you will need to leave the UK and make your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application from abroad.

You can use our Application Checking Service to confirm that you have all the correct documents to submit your application.

You can use our free Tier 1 Entrepreneur points-based assessment service to calculate how many points you will score and one of our immigration advisors will be in touch to discuss your scoring for free or contact us to start your application. Alternatively, please contact one of our advisors to have your application completed from start to finish for you.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs) | Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Extensions | Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Switching | Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs) Documents Required | Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs) Conditions

Consultations | Application Preparation and Representation | Fast Track Same Day Submission

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) | Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) | Tier 1 (Investor) | Tier 1 (Post-study work) | Tier 1 (General) | Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (closed category) | Business persons (closed category) | Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland (closed category) | Innovators (closed category) | International Graduates Scheme (closed category) | Investors (closed category) | Writers, composers and artists (closed category)

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