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Investor Visa (Tier 1)

The United Kingdom is a highly developed economy. Due to its history in the world, it has and continues to exert considerable international economic, political, scientific, and cultural influence on the world stage.

Its capital city London is a significant financial and tourist hub and overall, the city and the country continue to attract migrates from everywhere, leading to significant cross-cultural churn. And finally, the UK benefit from the working culture of a stable, developed economy with attributes in utilisation of latest techniques and technology, a well-educated workforce, and a strong business ethics standard such as low or no corruption.

Basic Criteria:
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Proof of Identity: current passport or other valid travel identification
  • Necessary documents
  • Prove owner ship of money, i.e., the money can belong to yourself, your spouse or partner
  • Holding an account in a regulated UK bank
  • Tuberculosis test results (from certain countries)
  • A Criminal record certificate from previous countries of residence (conditions apply)
Financial Information:
  • The cost of the visa is £1,623. This is also the cost if you are switching to or extending your visa. The same cost is applicable for your dependant’s visas as well
    Payment of Healthcare surcharge
  • £500 for high-speed priority service
  • You may need to pay £19.20, if you need to supply bio-metric information, whilst in the UK
Specific Eligibility Requirements:

Willingness to invest at least £ 2 million in the UK

Your funds must be: Held in one or more regulated financial institutions; Should be free to spend or ‘disposable’ in the UK; At the time of applying your funds can be in the UK or Overseas; Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply

Conditions of fund ownership: How much money you have and where it’s being held; Where the money came from if you have held the funds for less than 2 years; Money should be able to be transferred to the UK and converted to GBP

If it is your partners money: Provide proof of relationship, such as, certificate of marriage; Statement regarding your control of your partners’ fund; Letter from a legal adviser confirming above declaration

Other Details:

Your dependants may be eligible to join you while you hold this visa (conditions apply)

With this visa you can:

  • Work or study
  • Apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £10 million; after 3 years if you invest £5 million; and after 5 years if you invest £2 million

You cannot:

  • Work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • Gain access to public funds
  • Work as a doctor or dentist in training (unless you meet certain conditions)
Duration and Application:
  • You can apply for this visa up to 3 months before you are due to travel
  • The visa is valid for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months
  • An application can be made to extend this visa for another 2 years
  • Details of extending this visa can depend on your personal circumstances such as when did you enter the UK and the amount of investment funds you hold in the UK

You may be able to switch to this visa type from certain visa’s you have held previously
Always remember that government policies are subject to change, to avoid disruptions to your future strategies, we always advice consulting a legal expert.

This website is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. As the law is subject to changes and updates, please do not act and/or refrain from acting based on anything you read on this site. Always seek legal assistance when required from a accredited and practicing professional i.e. solicitors. BIAAP (Brightway Immigration and Asylum Practitioners) is subject to and upholds the laws of the United Kingdom and adheres to the code of conduct required by our profession.