A Tier 1 (Investor) visa is the best possible way to move to the UK with your entire family. By investing in the British economy you can enjoy a very high standard of living and the best education in the world. You can apply for the indefinite leave to remain after 2-5 years and you will be eligible for the UK citizenship after 5-6 years.
The United Kingdom has always attracted foreign investors. The Tier 1 (Investor) visa programme allows investors and their families to enter the UK and live in the country, if they make significant financial contributions into the British economy.
The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is designed for wealthy people from all over the world who are willing to invest minimum £2,000,000 in equity or debt capital of operating UK companies.
The first visa under the Tier 1 (Investor) route is issued for 3 years and 4 months (or for 3 years if the application was submitted in the UK). If the applicant follows the rules and requirements, the visa can be extended for another 2 years. You can apply for the UK indefinite leave to remain 5 years after getting the first Investor visa, though you need to provide evidence that the investment was made. Accelerated application for the indefinite leave to remain is also possible, but this depends on the amount of investments: you can either apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £10 million or after 3 years if you invest £5 million.
You do not have to take an English proficiency test to get a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. However, you are required to do so when you apply for the UK indefinite leave to remain.
If you are already in the UK with Tier 1, 2 or 4 visas (under the Points Based System), you are entitled to switch to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.
A Tier 1 (Investor) visa allows you to stay in the UK for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months. Later you can apply to extend your visa for another 2 years or apply for indefinite leave to remain on the following terms:
- You invest £ 10 million and apply for indefinite leave to remain after 2 years or for the UK citizenship after 5 years.
- You invest £ 5 million and apply for indefinite leave to remain after 3 years or for the UK citizenship after 5 years.