Investors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) with at least £2m to invest can enter the UK with a Tier 1 Investor Visa. You can bring your partner and children with you.
To qualify as a Tier 1 Investor, your funds must be:
Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.
This route was tightened up in March 2019 and now there are very strict criteria in place as follows:
‘The Home Office will check that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that:
There are advantages to the Tier 1 Investor Visa. There are no English Language tests to pass and it is possible to obtain settlement (indefinite leave to remain) sooner and be free of immigration restrictions.
It is very important to deliver the right evidence to the Home Office when applying as a Tier 1 Investor. The rules for this Visa were tightened up after the system was abused. Any evidence will be closely scrutinised and verified by the Home Office.
You will need specific proof that your investment complies with the criteria set out above. This is where we can use our knowledge and expertise - we will tell you what you need and we will ensure it is the right evidence and that it is complete.
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If there are any matters that might risk a refusal of this application, we will advise you what to do. If we believe the application is not going to work, we will tell you. We do not take money to make futile applications.
We can have an initial discussion about your plans and your financial situation. Once we have established that you are eligible to apply for a Tier 1 Investor Visa, we will provide full advice and work with you to collect the right evidence. When the application has been prepared by us, we will submit it on your behalf along with legal representations to the Home Office to ensure the application is fully understood. Then we wait for the Home Office decision which should arrive within 8 weeks or sooner if you use the Priority Service.
We work on a fixed fee basis, not on an hourly rate.
We can also apply for extensions to Tier 1 Visas, including those that were first granted on the previous scheme prior to March 2019. If you are ready for Indefinite Leave to Remain, we can help with that too.
Yes, you can 'switch' to the Tier 1 Investor Visa while still in the UK as a Tier 2 Worker. However, there may be advantages to remaining as a Tier 2 worker depending on how long you have been here - it is best to seek advice first. We would recommend a chat with us first.
You can switch to Tier 1 Investor from Tier 4 Student while still in the UK and there will be advantages to this. However you must have held the £2m for at least two years and there are strict rules on how the money is invested. Again - speak to us before considering this route because everything depends on your circumstances.
You must apply to extend your Tier 1 Investor Visa before it expires. Take a look at our section on Tier 1 Investor Extensions.