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[…]

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Changes Incoming

The UK Government yesterday published its Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules that come into effect on March 30th 2019, radically changing the landscape of business immigration in the Country. Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP, published her own statement commenting on the reasons these changes are being brought into effect. Whilst these changes cover a[…]

UK Tier 1 Visa Changes

In the summer of 2018, you would be forgiven if you missed an incling from the Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Noakes, when she made a statement to Parliament regarding future changes to the UK Immigration Rules including all Tier 1 visa routes. On December 6th 2018, the minister again made a statement to[…]

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[…]

Global Investment Immigration Summit 2018

It doesn’t take too much to get us excited here at GGBA – we’re a passionate team, but the Global Investment Immigration Summit 2018 this June in London’s Canary Wharf – has got the office absolutely buzzing. Not to mention yet another Tier 1 Entrepreneur application being granted with a stunning business plan created by[…]

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[…]

The British & International Franchise Exhibition

We very excited to be attending London’s premier franchise exhibition this weekend at Olympia London: The British and International Franchise Exhibition. Following hot on the heels of the UK’s National Franchise Exhibition at Birmingham NEC last month, this two day event spanning 10am Friday 9th March to 4pm Saturday 10th March is  essential for those[…]