Investing in the UK
UK Investor Visa
The Tier 1 investor visa is designed to allow high net worth individuals to visit the UK in order to make large financial investments. You can apply for an investor visa from both inside and outside the UK if you meet the eligibility requirements and have at least £2,000,000 ready to invest.
Applying for your Tier 1 investor visa
As well as having a high net worth, you also need to have a minimum English language qualification to apply for a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants must have a B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and have passed the Life in the UK test.
Tier 1 investor visa applications can be complex and time-consuming, which is why we are here for you. We can offer the expert advice you need to make sure the process is as quick, painless and successful as possible.
Permanently settling in the UK after your investor visa expires
You may be able to apply for settlement in the UK when your investor visa is about to expire.
You can generally apply for indefinite leave to remain after five years of living in the UK on an investor visa. However, there are exceptions that may apply to you as an investor.
If you have invested £10,000,000 or more in the UK you may be able to apply for settlement after just two years of living in the UK. Or after three years if you invest between £5,000,000 and £10,000,000.
All the advice and support you need
The application process for an investor visa can be complex and lengthy, and even the smallest error can lead to an automatic rejection.
With appeals sometimes taking up to 12 months to be reviewed it’s essential for most visa applicants to get everything right the first time around.
With a 100 per cent success rate in points-based visa applications, including investor visa applications, our solicitors have helped many people successfully apply for visas and settlement in the UK.
To find out how we can help in your specific situation to apply for an investor visa, call us today or let us know a good time to call you back.
In order to qualify for the UK investor visa you need to satisfy certain general requirements. You should have last been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or remain, either:
- As a highly skilled migrant
- As a Tier 1 (General) migrant
- As a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant
- As a Tier 1 (Investor) migrant
- As a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) migrant
- As a Tier 2 migrant
- As a Tier 4 (General) student
- As a Tier 4 (Child) student
To be able to apply for your Tier 1 investor visa, you also need to:
- Want to invest £2,000,000 or more in the UK
- Be able to prove that the money belongs to you, yourself or your partner
- Be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- Meet all the other eligibility requirements
If you are already in the UK and you are:
- A Tier 4 (General) visa holder
- A student nurse
- Studying, writing up a thesis or re-sitting an exam
- A postgraduate doctor or dentist
- An overseas qualified nurse or midwife
- A student sabbatical officer
You must have an unconditional agreement in writing from your financial sponsor to re-enter or stay in the UK if your course fees and living costs are being paid by either:
- A government
- An international scholarship agency
Documents you need to provide for your Tier 1 – Investor Visa application
When you apply for your UK investor visa you need to provide:
- A current passport or other valid travel identification
- Your tuberculosis test results, (if required)
- A criminal record certificate from any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last ten years
- How much money you have and where it is being held
- Proof of where the money came from, if you haven’t had the money for at least three months (for example, if you inherited it from a relative)
- Proof that the money can be transferred to the UK and converted to sterling, if it’s not already in the UK
- A certificate of marriage or civil partnership. Or, in the case of unmarried or same-sex relationships, proof that you are in a long-term relationship for at least two years
- A statement from your partner confirming that they will allow you to control the funds in the UK
- A letter from a legal adviser stating that the declaration is valid
Visa restrictions of the Tier 1 – Investor Visa
Whilst in the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa, you need to abide by the following restrictions:
- You cannot access public funds
- You may need to register with the police if required
- You are not allowed to work as a doctor or dentist in training, unless the further requirements are met
- If you don’t invest your funds within three months of entering the country, your investment visa may be revoked
- Your application will not be considered unless you pay for the healthcare surcharge (IHS) when you apply
To be successful in your application the Secretary of State must not have any reason to believe your funds for investment have been acquired in a way that is considered to be ‘inappropriate’. You cannot use funds obtained in a way that would be unlawful in the UK, or would constitute unlawful conduct if it occurred in the UK. You may also be refused if the Secretary of State believes that approval of your visa application would not be in the public’s best interest.
Expert support with your Tier 1 – Investor Visa application
Expert immigration solicitors for investors
To give yourself the best chance of a smooth and successful experience when you apply for your UK investor visa, speak to our expert immigration solicitors today.
We can guide you through the visa application process with ease and take away the hassle and stress involved.
A 30-minute consultation with one of our immigration solicitors can be held in our offices or over the phone or Skype. We do not offer free advice and will charge a non-refundable £95 fee per consultation.