Tier 1 (Investor) Visa

What is a Tier 1 (Investor) Visa and how do I apply for it?

Our Corporate Immigration department specialises in obtaining Tier 1 (Investor) Visas for individuals who wish to enter the UK to invest £2million or more. The visa route can lead to settlement in the UK and British citizenship. Tier 1 (Investor) Visas for individuals who wish to invest £2million or more in the UK. The Tier 1 (Investor) Visa is based on a points based system. You need to score 75 points in order to qualify.

If the Tier 1 (Investor) visa application was submitted outside of the UK and is successful, the applicant will be granted leave to enter the UK for 3 years 4 months. In some circumstances the application can be made from within the UK and if successful the visa is granted 3 years leave to remain.

The main requirements to qualify for the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa are that the applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Have at least £2,000,000 investment funds;
  2. The investment funds must be held in 1 or more regulated financial institutions;
  3. The funds must be disposable in the UK;
  4. You must have opened an account with a UK regulated bank for the purposes of investing not less than £2million in the UK;

Can I extend my Tier 1 (Investor) Visa?

Our Business Immigration team can assist in extending your investor visa. The requirements to extend depend on when the initial application was made. If the initial application was submitted before or after 6 November 2014. To have invested not less than £2 million in the UK by way of UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies; and

Once an individual under the Tier 1 (Investor) category has successfully remained in the UK for a continuous 5 year period they may be in a position to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The UK Government currently operates an accelerated route which allows for investors to obtain indefinite leave to remain in less than 5 years subject to meeting the accelerated route requirements. Settlement can be fast tracked to 2 or 3 years depending on the amount of initial investment.

Our specialist Business Immigration team work closely with you in preparing your application.   

Corporate Immigration Team