Tier 1 (Investor)
Making a Tier 1 Investor visa application? The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is designed to enable investors who make a substantial financial investment to the UK economy to enter or remain in the UK.
Tier 1 Investor Visa: Main requirements
To qualify for a Tier 1 Investor visa applicants must be able to demonstrate that:
- they intend to invest at least £2 million in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in UK companies;
- the investment funds belong to them or their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner; and
- they have opened a UK bank account.
The investment funds must be:
- held in one or more regulated financial institutions; and
- freely available to spend and invest in the UK.
It is also possible to switch into the Tier 1 (Investor) category if the applicant is already in the UK under Tier 1, 2 or 4 of the points-based system.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Applicants can apply to come to the UK for an initial period of 3 years and 4 months. If they are switching into this category from within the UK, they will be granted leave for 3 years. Applicants can then apply to extend their stay in the UK for a further 2 years providing they meet the criteria for extension applications.
Under the extension criteria applicants must demonstrate that:
- they have at least £2 million under their control in the UK;
- they have invested those funds in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in UK companies; and
- they invested this sum within three months of the date they came into the UK, or the date that their original visa application was approved.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made once an applicant has held a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a period of at least 5 years and demonstrated that they have invested £2 million by meeting the criteria above.
An application for accelerated settlement can be made after 2 years if the applicant has increased their investment to £10 million or 3 years if the investment has been increased to £5 million.
Applicants must also demonstrate that:
- they have spent the specified period in the UK and during this time have not breached any UK immigration laws;
- they meet the requirements in relation to absences; and
- they have sufficient knowledge of English language and have passed a Life in the UK test.
Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications: How we can help
The Home Office will carefully scrutinise an application for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. If it does not consider that the applicant has the funds under their control or if it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal. It is therefore essential that the application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
For further advice, please contact us.