New Visas Still Struggling

With scant warning and very nearly no consultation with lead industry stakeholders, the Home Office launched the Innovator and Start-up visas in April 2019 aimed at “experienced business people” with an “innovative, viable and scalable business idea”. The Immigration Statistics for Q3 of 2019 have now been released by the Home Office, albeit in a[…]

Is the UK Open for Business?

At the time of writing the UK Government’s ‘new’ style of Entrepreneur Visas, the “Start Up Visa” and the “Innovator Visa” are into their eighth month of operation and the feedback and stories we are receiving and hearing from both front-line immigration practitioners and end user clients is that no-one really has a handle on[…]

UK Immigration Statistics 2018 – Merry Christmas!

As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting on a successful year for prospective Tier-1 Entrepreneurial applicants, with visa approval rates rising from 51% at the end of last year to 57% during Q3 of 2018. Much of this success is down to the professionalism and expertise of immigration specialists, lawyers, advisers and[…]

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa £50,000 Investment Route

Putting aside the pre-requisites of English competency and other Home Office check boxes, in our experience, the most common route through the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa path is where the immigrant investor has access to £200,000 in investment funds. However, there are other routes to obtain the same visa and effective result with only having[…]

Franchising as a Tier 1 Investment Option

This weekend we spent two full days in London in conversation with Franchisors, in addition to potential and existing Franchisee owners at the British Franchise Association (BFA) supported British & International Franchise Exhibition (BIFE) at Olympia London. The two-day event, spanning both full mornings and afternoons of Friday and Saturday was exceptionally well attended and[…]

EB-5 Heading for an Omnibus..?

With only six weeks of the current Continual Resolution remaining before the December 8th deadline, speculation is rife as to what will happen to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Programme. Here at Greengate Business Associates, we assume that either another CR will be put into place and presumably, the further (temporary) extension of the EB-5 Programme[…]

Changes On The Horizon..?

Following the recent decision last month (September 2017) by the US Congress again to delay the expiration of the EB-5 Visa Program, it seems that no-one is still really sure what is going to happen when this new, extended ‘deadline’ is approached. In many interested circles, it has been mooted that dramatic changes to the[…]