The Tier 1 Investor Visa

The UK Investor visa is designed for high net worth individuals who have a minimum of GBP 2,000,000 to invest inside the UK. There is an accelerated route to settlement in the UK if a higher amount of investment is made. You are required to complete an online application and compile all the relevant documentation for submission of your visa application at the visa center. The money may be invested in UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.

Benefits

  • Permanent Residence in the UK after 2, 3 or 5 years, depending on your amount of investment
  • No English language or maintenance requirements
  • British citizenship after 6 years of residence in the UK
  • You are able to bring your family, including spouse and children under the age of 18
  • Under the Tier 1 investor visa you and your family have access to the UK’s NHS healthcare system and your children have access to the UK Educational system.
  • Your investment amount is returned to you upon completion of the investment period.

Costs/Investment

Investment Funds

You must have at least GBP 2 million funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. The funds must be:

  • Held in one or more regulated financial institution
  • Disposable in the UK

You must be able to show that the funds belong to either yourself or your partner and that the money is held in a regulated financial institution.

The Applicant is able to:

  • invest £2,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
  • 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

UK Bank account

Although your money is not required to be held in a UK bank account when you apply, you must have:

  • Opened a UK regulated bank account for the purposes of investing not less than GBP 2 million
  • The bank must be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the purposes of accepting deposits.

First time applicants will be granted three years and four months’ stay whether they apply for entry clearance or switch from another immigration category. This can be further extended for 2 years, after which you are eligible to apply for ILR. After 5 year’s residence in the UK and 1 year of possessing your ILR, subject to eligibility requirements you will be eligible to apply for British citizenship.

Additional Fees

Application fee GPB 1,350 per person
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee GBP 200 per year per person

Procedure

The following table breaks down the application process into nine basic steps:

1
STEP 1

Provide you with a list of documentation to collate for your application and a Preliminary Questionnaire to obtain information about you.

2
STEP 2

Drafting relevant letters and providing template letters for your application.

3
STEP 3

Liaising with any relevant third parties.

4
STEP 4

Gathering all the relevant documentation from you and reviewing and advising on each document.

5
STEP 5

Covering letter will be drafted to accompany your application.

6
STEP 6

Complete the online application form, pay the relevant fee and book an appointment at the visa center.

7
STEP 7

Print off the form and collect your supporting documentation and take to the visa center. You are required to have your photographs and fingerprints taken at the visa center.

8
STEP 8

You will be provided with a visa valid for 28 days. You must arrive in the UK within this period. You must collect your Biometric Residence Permit within this period when entering the UK, which has the validity of your visa

9
STEP 9

Invest your money within 3 months from visa issue date.

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CAPITAL

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