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UK Investor Visas

Entering the UK on a Tier 1 (Investor) visa can benefit high net worth individuals greatly as it provides full and uninhibited access to the UK’s financial markets. It can also provide a quicker route to settlement and residency.

Our expert immigration barristers have the knowledge and expertise to find a solution to any immigration matter enabling you to take advantage of the UK’s investment opportunities and favourable tax regime.

Investors: Tier 1 Visas

When making an initial application for a visa allowing you to come to the UK to invest, you must show that you have investment funds available. In particular, you must have at least £1,000,000 in disposable investment funds (or the equivalent in foreign currencies) held in at least one regulated financial institution, such as a bank, stock brokerage, asset management firm or credit union.

If the investment funds are your own or belong to a partner, the eligibility requirements are less stringent than for those who are using a loan to invest. Where the funds have been loaned, the individual must also have more than £2,000,000 in personal assets.

If you are coming to the UK to invest, your family may be able to join you. Your family member must be a dependant, such as a spouse, partner or a child under 18, and meet the general eligibility criteria to be granted permission to stay.

You may be able to extend the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the UK if, in broad terms, you have:

  • £1,000,000 in the UK;
  • Invested £750,0000 in UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading companies registered in the UK; and,
  • Made the investment within three months of either being granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as an Investor.

Satisfying the eligibility requirements and submitting the necessary documentary evidence for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa can be a complex process. Our skilled immigration barristers have the knowledge and professionalism to make the application procedure as smooth as possible.

Immigration Advice for Investors

We have extensive experience helping high net-worth individuals as well as overseas and multinational companies find solutions to immigration problems so they can invest in the UK. For expert, professional immigration advice, contact our specialist immigration barristers.

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