What can you spend your money on as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur (QUALIFYING INVESTMENTS TOWARDS THE 200K)


It is clearly stated in Tier 1 (entrepreneur) rules that you must invest all your investment funds (£200,000) into your business before proceeding with your application for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension in year three. In other words, for the purpose of growing your business, you must spend all the investment money.

1. Key Dates:
  • Entry clearance applications will only be available to you if you have held Tier 1 (entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) leave for the past 12 months. Whilst, leave to remain applications will be available to you if you were last granted a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) leave.
  • You will still be able to have any dpendants join you.
  • Extension applications for Tier 1 (entrepreneur) will remain available until 5th April 2023, and settlement applications will remain available until the 5 April 2025.
  • As a Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur), you will be able to switch your application until the 5th July 2021.
  • Tier 1 (entrepreneur) extension applications remain open until the 5th July 2025 & settlement applications until the 5th July 2027.

*Remember, applications will no longer be accepted from these dates listed above. Nevertheless, there are other similar ways you can enter into the UK.

2. Applying for an extension

If you are applying for an extension, you are required to demonstrate that the funds are invested into your business. In order to produce evidence that the funds have been used for your business, you could include business accounts prepared by an accountant & other documents that show that you are in fact, the director of the business. Whilst, in your first application you only needed to prove that the investment fund (£200,000) was available, for the extension you need to demonstrate that the position of the company has changed. The Immigration Rules at paragraph 245D(c)(ii) refer to ‘invested’ or ‘spent’ as being interchangeable definitions. Policy guidance is clear in its definition of financial investment, explaining that;

‘Money deposited in a bank account, even if it is in a United Kingdom business bank account, is not counted as investment in the business’.

The policy guidance continues:

‘The money should be used in the business to encourage growth or expansion, to improve services or products and to ensure the business is profitable.’

3. Ways to spend the money

So what the UK government is looking for is that the investment funds have been used by your business within the third year. Although there are no specific ways to spend the money detailed, there are some certain things which are acceptable ways to demonstrate that the funds are used in the running of the business such as;

  • office costs
  • travel costs
  • staff costs
  • stock
  • financial costs
  • costs of business premises
  • advertising or marketing
  • training

Certain types of spending

However, there are certain types of spending which will not be classified as an investment. These include;

  • spending the funds on yourself,
  • investment in other businesses
  • any spending which is not directly for the purpose of running the business.