If you are in the IT area, Workpermit.com has a special programme called the UK Freelance Programme.
If you are unable to come under this category and wish to start a business in the UK, please go to our business immigration page for details of other business-related categories.
Question:Do I qualify to come to the UK under the EC Association Agreement?
Answer : You will need to show the following to come under the EC association agreement:
If you are trading as a limited company you must have a controlling interest in the business. This is not relevant for those who are self-employed or in partnership. In the UK those who are self-employed or in partnership who are in effect trading as individuals rather than as a corporate entity do not have to be registered. It should be noted that citizens of Slovenia may only come under the EC Association Agreement if they trade as a limited company. By implementing a business plan that looks to be thorough and viable. European Community Association agreement countries: These are Bulgaria and Romania.
Question :What about My Family?
Anwser : You may apply for your spouse and children to accompany you as your dependants.
Your children entering the UK as your dependants are entitled to the same free education as British children. You may choose to send your children to a private school if you wish.
You and your family are eligible to free health care provided by the National Health Service. You are not required to take out private health insurance.
Your spouse and dependents are entitled to take up any lawful employment.
Question: What about extending my visa?
Anwser: Your initial visa is normally granted for a period of two years. Towards the end of two years in the UK, you may apply for your visa to be extended for a maximum period of three years. This application should be successful if the initial two years has proceeded approximately in line with your originally submitted business plan, and you meet the following requirements:
Your business continues to exist, is viable, and has sufficient funds to continue trading. Towards the end of five years in the UK you may apply for indefinite leave to remain (Permanent Residence). A year after being granted indefinite leave to remain you may be able to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.
Question: How do I Apply?
Answer : If you are already in the UK, you can usually submit an application to remain at the Home Office Immigration Directorate in the UK. Otherwise, you should apply at the British Embassy or Consulate nearest to your Country of nationality or nearest to where you are resident.
You will need to provide documentary evidence showing your work experience, evidence of funds, etc The application should be accompanied by:
- Visa fee of £50 (if applying via an UK Embassy or Consulate)
- 2 passport photos for each applicant
- Business plan which should include:
- Evidence of the funds to be invested
- The object of the business
- A projected balance sheet, including:
- The financial outlay
- Any loan to the company
- Profit and loss projection
- Overheads including:
- Establishment expenses
- Admin expenses
- Details of your qualifications and work experience.
- Workpermit.com can assist you in all aspects of your application. If you are interested in taking this further please complete our form.