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Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

Extending Your Stay in the UK as an Investor

If your Tier 1 Investor Visa is about to expire, it is vitally important that you apply to extend the Visa before it expires if you want to remain legally in the UK. We can help you do this.

The Tier 1 Investor Visa will initially be granted for 3 years and 4 months.  When this leave expires, you can apply for a 2 year extension or Indefinite Leave to Remain if you qualify.

If you first applied for a Tier 1 Investor Visa before November 2014, you will now need to satisfy new rules if you are still applying to extend your leave.   If you want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you have until 6 April 2022 to do so under the old rules.  

The current rules for extending a Tier 1 Investor Visa are strict. 

You can apply to extend your visa if you:

  • have at least £2,000,000 under your control in the UK
  • have invested those funds in share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • You invested your funds within 3 months of entry or grant of entry clearance unless there are exceptionally compelling reasons to explain any delay in investing.

If you successfully applied before 29 March 2019, you can also apply to extend if you invested your funds in UK government bonds.

Working with us on your Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

You’ll need to provide a series of investment portfolio reports produced by a UK regulated financial institution to show when you invested your funds, how much you invested and whether they have remained invested in the right places.

It is vitally important that you persuade the Home Office that you have complied with the Tier 1 Investor rules throughout your stay in the UK. Otherwise you will lose your lawful immigration status here. A sloppy application with poor evidence will fail. That is not our style.

We will tell you what to provide, we will advise if there is anything that worries you, we will tell you if there are holes in the evidence that might risk a refusal from the Home Office. We have a wealth of experience in submitting well evidenced applications that stand the greatest chance of success.

There can be complications - the Home Office may wish to interview you or take time to verify your evidence. You may have a criminal conviction. We would seek to minimise the chance of any delays caused by these things.

Our clients welcome our forthright advice and sound recommendations. Contact us to discuss your Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension today.

How does the Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension process work?

It's a good idea to start preparing for the extension application well ahead of time.

Initially we will discuss your circumstances with you and advise on the type of application you should be making. Once instructed, we will prepare the application, draft legal representations to the Home Office to ensure the application is fully understood and we will submit the application on your behalf.

The decision usually takes around 8 weeks or sooner if you use Priority Services. While you wait for the decision you are legally in the UK as long as you have applied before your current leave expires.

We work on a fixed fee basis - there is a price for the job. We do not charge hourly rates. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to extend my Tier 1 Investor Visa while I am abroad?

Yes. But if you have your dependants with you, you will need to apply separately for them.

My husband and children are with me in the UK on this Visa, can I apply for their extensions at the same time?

Yes, if their Visa expires at the same time, you must apply for them too.

My business affairs have been quite complicated since I came here as a Tier 1 Investor. Will I get an extension?

The best thing to do is talk to us. Once we know the situation fully, we can advise on your options. These are complex applications and it is best to know the full picture before you decide what to do. 

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