The Tier 1 Investor Visa category is for individuals who are able to make a substantial financial investment in the UK. In order to qualify for a UK Investor visa you will need to have access to at least £2 million and be willing to invest your funds in actively trading UK companies.

Once you have entered the Tier 1 (Investor) visa category, you will need to invest at least £2 million in qualifying investments.  The only qualifying Tier 1 (Investor) visa investment options are share capital and/or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.   You will need to make a qualifying investment within 90 days of entering the Tier 1 (Investor) visa category.

The Immigration Rules for Tier 1 (Investor) visas contain various restrictions on permitted investments.  For example, investments in offshore companies or trusts, open-ended investment companies and companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development are all prohibited.

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa category is for high net worth individuals who are willing and able to make a substantial financial investment (at least £2 million) in the UK. Tier 1 (Investor) visa holders are permitted to work, study, and engage in business activities in the United Kingdom. They can also be accompanied or joined by their dependants. The Tier 1 (Investor) visa typically leads to settlement in the UK over a period of 5 years. Accelerated settlement is available to Tier 1 (Investor) visa holders who invest more in the UK.

In order to qualify for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa you will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • You have funds amounting to at least £2 million belonging to yourself, your partner or the two of you jointly
  • The money is held in a regulated financial institution
  • The money is freely transferrable to the UK and able to be converted into pounds sterling
  • You have opened a bank account with a UK regulated bank for the purpose of investing not less than £2 million in the UK.

If you have held your investment funds for less than 2 years then you will need to prove the source of your funds. The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  Speak to our friendly team for expert advice.

As a Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicant you will not need to satisfy any English language requirement.

As a Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicant you will not need to satisfy any maintenance funds requirement.

If applying for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa from overseas, you and any adult dependants will need to provide an overseas criminal record certificate for any country that you have lived in for at least 12 months in the last 10 years.

The Immigration Rules for Tier 1 (Investor) visas contain various restrictions on permitted investments.  For example, investments in offshore companies or trusts, open-ended investment companies and companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development are all prohibited.

Once you are in a position to apply for the Tier 1 (Investor) visa, you can apply for either a standard 8 week consideration or a priority consideration.

Most visa application centres outside the UK offer a priority service which allows Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants to receive a decision on their applications for entry clearance within 5 working days.

Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain from within the UK can apply for either a standard 6 month consideration or a priority 10 working day consideration.

Your initial Tier 1 (Investor) visa will be valid for either 3 years and 4 months (if applying from overseas) or 3 years (if applying from within the UK).

You will need to invest at least £2 million in actively trading UK companies within 3 months of entering the category. You will then need to maintain your investment.

You will be able to extend your stay as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa holder for a further 2 years, before qualifying for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) after 5 years. There is also an accelerated route to settlement as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa migrant after either 3 years (if you invest at least £5 million) or 2 years (if you invest at least £10 million).

In order to settle in the UK as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa, you will need to spend not more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12-month period and, unless aged 65 or over, have sufficient knowledge of the English language and Life in the UK.

You may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa holder after spending 2, 3 or 5 years in the UK. The requirements that you will need to satisfy in order to qualify for ILR as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa holder will depend upon when your initial Tier 1 (Investor) visa was granted and the amount of your investment.

In order to settle in the UK as a Tier 1 (Investor) visa holder, you will need to spend no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12-month period and, unless aged 65 or over, have sufficient knowledge of the English language and Life in the UK.

The requirements that you will need to satisfy in order to qualify for a Tier 1 Investor visa extension will depend upon whether your initial Tier 1 Investor visa was granted between 6 November 2014 and 28 March 2019 or on or after 29 March 2019.

Investing in a new country is always a challenge. To do so while also moving your home and family is more demanding still, particularly because of the complex regulations surrounding visas.

We will help and support you every step of the way, to make sure that you achieve both your long-term business goals and residency ambitions.

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