UNITED KINGDOM – Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

On 7 March 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category.

The Statement also makes changes to the scope and application process of the EU Settlement Scheme.

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UNITED KINGDOM – No Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor); Publication of Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules [LATEST]

Tier 1 (Investor)

On 6 December 2018, various press outlets reported, based on an unpublished government press release, that the Home Office had suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further notice.

However, on 11 December 2018 a Home Office spokesperson commented:

“The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended. However, the Government remains committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course. Any suspension would be implemented through changes to the Immigration Rules.”

Statement of Changes

The Home Office has published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, announced on 6 December 2018.

The new Statement of Changes does not include most of the reforms to Tier 1 outlined in that announcement.

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