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What are the requirements of job creation under the U.K. tier 1 entrepreneur visa?

I understand that one requirement for the tier 1 entrepreneur visa is that the applicant must create two full-time jobs that last at least 12 months. I would like to know more details. Are there any restrictions on who I can hire, how much I have to pay, etc.? Can I hire four part-time employees for two full-time positions? Also, when do I have to complete the job creation and sustainment? Is it before I can extend my visa or is it before I am eligible to apply for indefinite remain to leave?

  • Sterling Law
    October 21, 2019

    Yes, you are correct. There are certain requirements for the jobs you are creating. A full-time job is one involving at least 30 hours of paid work per week. The equivalent of a full-time job means two or more part-time jobs that add up to 30 hours per week, if each of the jobs exists for at least 12 months. However, one full-time job of more than 30 hours of work per week will not count as more than one full-time job. A job may count even if it does not last 12 consecutive months. For example, it lasts for six months in one year and six months the following year, provided that it is the same job. The jobs need not exist on the date of application, provided that they existed for at least 12 months. Different jobs that have existed for less than 12 months cannot be combined together to make up a 12-month job. If jobs are being combined the employees being relied upon must be clearly identified by the applicant in their application. The jobs must comply with all relevant U.K. legislation including, but not limited to, the National Minimum Wage Regulations in effect at the time and the Working Time Regulations of 1998.