Tier 1 Investor visa route is probably one of the most attractive routes for high net worth individuals to set themselves up in the UK, if they have no other possible personal connection to the country. Please note that this route is currently not appropriate for EEA/Swiss nationals who wish to come to the UK. For more information, please visit EEA/Swiss nationals in the UK.
This route may be attractive to investors as there is no English language requirement attached for the initial entry into the UK under this route.
The minimum investment to qualify for this route was raised from £1M to £2M several years ago.
This route, historically, was also employed by parents whose children were in education in the UK, so that they could acquire their right to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK and ultimately British citizenship through naturalisation.
Currently, the investment of £2M rewarded with the eligibility to apply to settle after 5 years of continuous residence in the UK. It is possible to obtain the right to settle more expediently if an investment of £5M (after 3 years of continuous residence) or £10M (after 2 years of continuous residence) are made.
The main shortfall of this application is that you (the applicant) have to remain very vigilant in how your investment portfolio is allocated within the the regulated and recognised investment institution. Care needs to be taken make sure that the portfolio allocations comply with the UK immigration rules relevant for this category.
Please note that not all investments are permitted to satisfy the immigration rules for this category.
Set immigration fees apply for this category, as well as, the health surcharges need to be paid under this immigration category.
The applicant is permitted to bring their family members under this category. The health surcharge and financial maintenance requirements apply to the main applicant and their each family member who are brought together to the UK. No recourse to public funds is permitted.
We are able to support you throughout the process together with our professional partners PKBUL (Private Client) LLP who are international accountants and are authorised to certify and submit financial data for Tier 1 visa applications by the Home Office. This way we provide the integrated approach across the spectrum of services from the very beginning to the end.