Tier 1 Entrepreneur Refusal


The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa has closed to new applications but remains open for a limited period for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension and settlement applications for existing visa holders under the old route. New applicants should consider the new Innovator route.

Has your Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa application been refused?

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is designed to support foreign individuals to come to the UK to start a business. Concerns however about abuse of the Tier 1 visa have led to more stringent eligibility criteria, resulting in a significant reduction in application success rates.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa has the highest application refusal rate of all UK visa classes outside of asylum. But there is recourse for appeal, particularly in light of a recent court ruling criticising the format of Home Office Tier 1 Entrepreneur application interviews.

If you are facing a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa refusal, DavidsonMorris can advise on your next steps.

Depending on the grounds for refusal, it may be advisable to start again and make a new application. In other circumstances, such as errors of fact or where there are issues arising from your Home Office interview, it may be possible to appeal the decision via an Administrative Review.

How we can help 

With so much at stake, it is important to seek legal advice to understand the options open to you; be that making a new application, appealing the Home Office decision, or considering alternative immigration routes.

We have the experience to advise you on the most appropriate course of action for your circumstances, with specific expertise in challenging refused Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applications.


Founder and Managing Director Anne Morris is a fully qualified solicitor and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

She is a recognised by Legal 500and Chambers as a legal expert and delivers Board-level advice on business migration and compliance risk management as well as overseeing the firm’s development of new client propositions and delivery of cost and time efficient processing of applications.

Anne is an active public speaker, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

About DavidsonMorris

As employer solutions lawyers, DavidsonMorris offers a complete and cost-effective capability to meet employers’ needs across UK immigration and employment law, HR and global mobility.

Led by Anne Morris, one of the UK’s preeminent immigration lawyers, and with rankings in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, we’re a multi-disciplinary team helping organisations to meet their people objectives, while reducing legal risk and nurturing workforce relations.

Legal Disclaimer

The matters contained in this article are intended to be for general information purposes only. This article does not constitute legal advice, nor is it a complete or authoritative statement of the law, and should not be treated as such. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct at the time of writing, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and no liability is accepted for any error or omission. Before acting on any of the information contained herein, expert legal advice should be sought.

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