Personal Immigration

MAC to Review Economic Impact of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Route

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been asked by the Government to review the entrepreneur routes, with a view to ensuring that the potential economic benefit of the routes are maximised. The MAC will also consider the attractiveness of the routes to genuine entrepreneurs.

The UK operates a Points Based System (PBS) for migration to the UK from outside the European Economic Area, which was introduced in 2008 and currently consists of five tiers.

Tier 1 of the PBS provides a means by which high value migrants can apply to enter or stay in the UK without needing a job offer, and includes four different routes:

  • Entrepreneur;
  • Graduate Entrepreneur;
  • Investor and
  • Exceptional Talent

This call for evidence is only focusing on the first two categories: Entrepreneurs and Graduate Entrepreneurs. In particular, the MAC has been asked to consider whether:

  • The initial eligibility criteria of access to funds is sufficient and whether other criteria, for example, assessment of previous entrepreneurial activity and/or testing the purpose of the investment, should be applied.
  • The existing eligibility and extension criteria are aligned sufficiently with entrepreneurial and early stage business life-cycles, including consideration of the role of angel investors and crowd-funding.
  • The route utilises international best practice. As part of this, the MAC is requested to consider route design and incentives to ensure competitiveness.

The call for evidence will run until 12th June 2015.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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