This section describes the immigration category of prospective entrepreneur, and explains who can come to the UK as a prospective entrepreneur.
The information here is based on paragraphs 56N-56Q of the Immigration Rules.
This category of visitor is for people who are in discussions with venture capitalists or UK government departments to join, set up or take over - and be actively involved in the running of - a business in the UK. It enables them to enter the UK for a maximum of 6 months so that they can secure funding to meet the financial criteria for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of our points-based system.
Find out whether you meet the requirements to be a prospective entrepreneur.
Information about documents that will support your application to enter the UK as a prospective entrepreneur.
Find out how to apply for a visa as a prospective entrepreneur.
Find out whether you can extend your stay in the UK when your permission to stay expires.
This page explains whether you can appeal if you are refused permission to enter the UK as a prospective entrepreneur.