The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is aimed at individuals who can invest a substantial financial investment in the UK. You must have access to a minimum of £2 million in investment funds.
An Investor visa allows you to live in the UK to work, study or engage in Business activities.
The investor visa is valid for 3 years but can have an extension of 2 years so long all criteria are met properly. After this extension period, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
New eligibility criteria were introduced In March 2019 making the requirements more rigid for new applicants. You should seek legal advice if you are considering investment of any kind in the UK. This will ensure that the rigid requirements are implemented in your visa application. It is vital that all necessary information is provided to avoid delays with the application processing.
You must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the Tier 1 (investor) visa:
The renewed Immigration Rules have incorporated further criteria which means you will need to present the following as part of your application:
What You Can Do:
What You Cannot Do:
Maximum limit for this visa is three years and four months. However, you can apply for an extension of 2 years.
Applying outside of the UK: This will be an online application before traveling to the UK. Your Biometrics will be taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
Applying inside the UK: You may apply to extend your existing Tier 1 (Investor) visa, or to switch form one visa to another.
Once application is complete, you should receive a decision within three weeks.
Conditions in which you may apply to settle permanently in the UK are:
You can change to this visa if you meet the eligibility criteria and are already in the UK under any of the following visas: