MAC recommends substantial reform to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route is open to non-EEA nationals who wish to invest in one or more businesses in the UK. Currently, applicants must evidence that they have at least £200,000 to invest in a UK business, however in some circumstances this investment threshold is lowered to £50,000.

In March 2015 the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the Government to review the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes.

The MAC was asked to consider:

The report, which was published on 29 October 2015, detailed that there was evidence to suggest migrant entrepreneurs have the potential to contribute directly and indirectly to economic growth in the UK as well as generating employment and business activities. Additionally, the impact of migrant entrepreneurs was found to spread deeper into the economy, potentially influencing and facilitating knowledge transfers, innovation, competition and productivity.
In particular, the MAC recommended the Government:

Please note, the Government has not yet implemented any of the MAC's recommendations to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or (Graduate Entrepreneur) categories.

If any of these changes are implemented into the Immigration Rules in the future and shall affect your application, your Client Care Manager shall advise you of this at the relevant time.