on May 7, 2022
Our client was granted an Entrepreneur visa three years ago on the basis of an innovative business which had not yet been seen in the UK. However, soon after his arrival in the United Kingdom, our client’s businesses in his home country encountered some difficulties, which meant he had to return to his home country.
Over the three-year period of his visa, our client spent the vast majority of his time in Pakistan and found it difficult to fulfil his residency requirements in the UK. In addition to this, our client was unable to kickstart the intended business in the UK but rather established a business that had not been approved by the Home Office in the UK.
Our client contacted us on the basis of extending his leave in the UK.
In terms of the absences, we advised our client that it was important to understand the reasons for his absences from the UK. We advised that if we could show that the absences were not in his control and that there were compassionate and/or compelling circumstances surrounding this, we could request the Secretary of State to use her discretion and not use this against our client. We worked with our client to understand each of the extensive trips outside the UK so that we could determine what would be considered as compassionate and what wouldn’t.
Our client was able to provide us with the rest of the documentation relating to the other requirements. We advised our client that we should provide a business plan for the new business that was established, rather than the intended one. This would help demonstrate that our client was still a genuine entrepreneur and was operating a genuine business.
We prepared and submitted our client’s application before the expiry of his visa.
After a wait of approximately two weeks, the Home Office contacted us to advise that our client had been granted a visa. Our client was over the moon with the result, as he felt the Home Office would refuse the application.