Tier 1 Investor Visa

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Overview of Tier 1 (Investor) Visas Explained

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

You must have access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply.

If you are unsure of your position or would like to ensure that your application is handled by a knowledgeable specialist, get in touch with one of our friendly team members now on 0203 384 4389 to find out exactly how we can assist you to get it right first time round, saving you time, money and the heartache of being refused.

How long it will take

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

Example:

You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

How long you can stay

You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months. You can apply to extend this visa for another 2 years.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Eligibility

You must have at least £2,000,000 investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You must:
Your funds must be:
Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.

Students with financial sponsorship

You may be able to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if you’re already in the UK and you’re:

You must have unconditional agreement in writing from your financial sponsor to re-enter or stay in the UK if your course fees and living costs were paid by either:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Documents you must provide

When you apply you’ll need to provide:
You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

Evidence of investment funds

You’ll need to provide evidence showing that you have the required investment funds.

Your own money

If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:

Your partner’s money

You’ll need to provide:

You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

For comprehensive information regarding the Tier 1 Investor Visa, including eligibility criteria, investment requirements, and the application process, it is recommended to consult with specialized UK immigration solicitors. They can provide tailored guidance and support, ensuring you understand all aspects of the visa, from the necessary investment threshold to the duration and rights it entails.

Call UK immigration lawyers at 0203 384 4389 for personalised and tailored advise.

Extend your visa

You may be able to extend your Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend – including children who have turned 18 during your stay. You should apply before your current visa expires.

You successfully applied for your visa before 6 November 2014

You can apply to extend your visa if you:

Funds under your control in the UK

This sum should include the £750,000 (or more) investment and £250,000 (or the balance needed) to bring it up to at least £1,000,000. These funds can be either:

You can’t mix the 2 sources of funds.

You successfully applied for your visa on or after 6 November 2014

You can apply to extend your visa if you:

Funds under your control in the UK

You must have invested the full amount made up of your own money or your partner’s money.

Investment made within 3 months of your investor start date

You’ll need to provide a series of investment portfolio reports produced by a UK regulated financial institution that show:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Switch to this visa

You may be able to switch to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

You should apply before your current visa expires.

Who can apply

You can apply to switch to this visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you’re already in the UK under one of the following categories:

You must leave the UK and make your application from abroad if you’re in another category.

How long you can stay

You can stay a maximum of 3 years after switching to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You can also extend your visa if you’re eligible.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Family Members

Your family members (‘dependants’) can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa. They must have a visa if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:

Adult family members must provide a criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.

Children born while you’re in the UK

If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply for permission for them to stay. You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them. When you apply, send a full UK birth certificate for each child showing the names of both parents.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Frequently Asked Question

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The UK stands out globally for its financial services, making it a prime choice for foreign investments in this sector.

Diversifying your investment portfolio is advisable for your Tier 1 Investor Visa application. However, it’s crucial to note that the Home Office no longer accepts certain property investments, such as property development, investment, and management.

Our assistance includes guiding you to an investment management firm to ensure that your funds align with the criteria supporting your Tier 1 Investor Visa application.

In the event of a visa application refusal, you have the right to request a review within 28 days and can initiate an appeal within 10 working days. However, success in the appeal process is not guaranteed.

Our team of immigration lawyers can evaluate your eligibility for an appeal, considering the grounds of your Investor Visa refusal, and provide comprehensive guidance throughout the appeal procedure.

Once you have invested £2 million in the UK economy, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years. This is the standard residence period to be considered for ILR and will require you to extend your Investor Visa after the initial three-year period.

If you invest at least £5 million in UK businesses, you will be able to apply after three years. Investing £10 million will allow you to apply for ILR after just two years.

Once you have held ILR for at least a year you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship.

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