Tier 1 Investor

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.

Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Requirements

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if:

  • You are 18 or over.
  • You have at least £2,000,000 in your investment account that has been there for at least 2 consecutive years.
  • You are ready to confirm the sources of your funds.
  • You are not a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.
  • You must have a valid bank account. The bank is obliged to conduct due diligence and provide relevant papers.

When applying for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa:

  • There are no English language requirements.
  • There is no need to provide evidence of funds for living expenses.

If you do not intend to settle in the UK, you are not required to live in the UK permanently. Upon visa expiration you are entitled to extend it for another 2 years. In case you plan to apply for the UK indefinite leave to remain, you must follow the established requirements for living in the UK.

UK immigration rules are quite complicated. Home Office will reject any applications if there is insufficient evidence confirming that the investment capital is owned by the applicant and can be invested in the UK.

You can:

  • Invest minimum £ 2 million in the equity or debt capital of operating companies registered in the UK (You are not entitled to invest in government bonds)
  • Work or study
  • Apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £ 10 million
  • Apply to settle after 3 years if you invest £ 5 million
  • Apply to settle after 5 years if you invest £ 2 million
  • Move to the UK with your family. Family members can join you at any time within the visa validity period.

You cannot:

  • Invest in companies that are primarily engaged in real estate investment, property management and development. However, you can invest in construction companies.
  • Work as a professional sportsperson, sports coach or dentist
  • Get public funds

Application processing time:

  • You can apply is 3 months before you travel to the UK.
  • Priority service is available; you can have your application processed within 10-15 days.
  • The standard application processing time is about 3 weeks. It can take approximately 8-12 weeks to process applications submitted in the UK.

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