The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has taken steps to stamp out abuse by Tier 4 student visa and post study work visa holders switching into the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa in order to remain in the UK.
In a written ministerial statement today setting out the changes to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route, new Rules have been ‘laid in Parliament’, which basically means they have become law.
The UKBA has introduced the following changes:
- an introduction of a genuine entrepreneur test which will give UK Border Agency caseworkers the ability to test the credibility of suspicious applicants; and
- a change that requires the necessary minimum funds to be held, or invested in the business, on an ongoing basis rather than solely at the time of application.
The UKBA say that the changes are being made in response to ‘evidence that the route is being targeted by applicants seeking to abuse the Immigration Rules’.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:
‘We have acted quickly to stamp out abuse by those looking to play the system.
‘The UK remains open to the brightest and best – genuine entrepreneurs with the ideas and motivation to drive economic growth will always be welcome in the UK.’
For more information, the written ministerial statement and statement of changes can be accessed on the UKBA website. Additional information for applicants has also been published.
Last week Home Office organised immigration crime investigators arrested a British Filipino who is alleged to have scammed dozens of Filipino students in a massive Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa fraud.
The visa fraud was created after major changes to UK Immigration Rules laws preventing non-EU foreign student visa holders from applying for post study work and Tier 2 working visas to remain in Britain.
Immigration Matters had heard rumours about this scam and advised people to steer clear of what was at best a ‘questionable’ scheme where applicants clearly did not meet the requirements.
Submitting a fraudulent application is a criminal offence which carries a prison sentence.
If you have been scammed and your visa has now expired, you should seek professional and confidential immigration advice before you get picked up and removed.
Many overstayers are afraid to come forward and talk to an adviser, but proper immigration advisers and lawyers treat everything in strict confidence, so you be safe in the knowledge that they will do their best to help you legalise your stay in the UK, but are not under obligation not report you to the authorities.
Even overstayers who had been hiding for years using false names and documents have been able to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain and British passports for their children.
If you have been detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email:
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