Investor Visa UK

PRACTICE AREAS - IMMIGRATION

The Tier 1 (Investor) route was closed to new initial applications on the 17th of February 2022. As such, this visa route is now only available for extension and indefinite leave to remain applications.

Those, who have held the Tier 1 (Investor) visa within 12 months immediately before the application might apply from outside of the UK, provided that the immigration requirements of the Rules are met. Such an application must be submitted to the Home Office before the 17th of February 2026 and if successful, the visa will be granted with a 2-year validity.

 

All extension applications under this route must be submitted to the Home Office before the 17th of February 2026, whilst the settlement (indefinite leave to remain) applications will be accepted until the 17th of February 2028.

 

Key points under this visa route:

  • The main applicant must be at least 18 years old;
  • The investment funds must belong to the applicant and/or their spouse/partner;
  • If the initial leave was granted on or after 29 March 2019, the money available for investments must have been held for 2 years before the date of application;
  • No investments in UK Government Bonds will be considered from 29 March 2019;
  • The investments must be made within 3 months of an initial entry to the UK or of the date of the grant for leave to remain within the UK under the Tier 1 (Investor) route (unless the investments were made within the 12 months before the date of an initial application);
  • Dependent family members (partners and minor children) are allowed to join the main applicant;
  • Having spent lawfully 5 years in the UK, the applicant and their family members might be eligible for indefinite leave to remain(“ILR”) in the UK and subsequently for a British passport;
  • Work/study allowed for both the main applicant and their dependent family members without any immigration restrictions;
  • Investments in the amount of £10 million might qualify the applicant for settlement having spent two years in the United Kingdom; and
  • Similarly, investing the total amount of £5 million, could provide a quicker pathway for indefinite leave to remain after three years.

Those who had their Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted under the rules in place before 6 November 2014 (where the invested funds equal or exceed £1 million), can only extend their visas until 6 April 2020 and/or apply for settlement until 6 April 2022.

 

Applicants who have invested their funds in UK Government Bonds are able to extend their investor visas by 6 April 2023 and/or apply for settlement by 6 April 2025.

 

Our solicitors have many years of experience assisting Investors and their family members with their applications for extension and indefinite leave to remain, as well as subsequent applications for British nationality and passport.
We are qualified to provide tailored advice to a specific case scenario to ensure that the visa application meets the Immigration Requirements. Should you require any assistance with your application please do not hesitate to contact us.

To find out more about other UK visa categories please click here.

 

*Please note that requirements may vary from case to case based on the nuances of your situation, and the information on this page is not intended to replace legal advice.

*Please note that requirements may vary from case to case based on the nuances of your situation, and the information on this page is not intended to replace legal advice.