The UK Tier 1 Investor visa is a world-class immigration programme offering individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland the right to live, work and study in the United Kingdom.

The key requirement of the programme is an investment of at least £2 million in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK companies.

Over the past 10 years, we have completed over 300 Tier 1 Investor visa applications and are happy to use our expertise and experience to assist you in yours.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Tier 1 Investor visa programme, you must be from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland, at least 18 years old, and willing and able to invest at least £2 million into the UK.

You must also have an investment account with a bank or financial institution regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority, for the purposes of maintaining an onshore portfolio.

Tier 1 Investor Investment Requirements

Applicants need to invest at least £2 million into ‘qualifying investments’, which include government bonds and share/loan capital in actively trading UK companies.

The investments you hold should be appropriately confirmed by your financial institution and solicitors. The UK Home Office will then assess whether your holdings satisfy the relevant criteria.

Tier 1 Investor Investment Options

The Tier 1 Investor visa offers 3 options depending on the size of the investment, £2 million, £5 million or £10 million upwards. The time it takes to become eligible for settlement in the UK can be 5, 3, or 2 years, depending on the size of your investment and provided you meet all applicable criteria.

Tier 1 Investor Success Rate

In Q3 of 2018, the UK Home Office granted 96 (95%) and refused 5 (5%) Tier 1 Investor visas. The Tier 1 Investor visa programme applies rigorous requirements to investment funds and the financial institution that holds them. Provided that these criteria are met, Tier 1 Investor applications generally enjoy a high rate of success.

Frequently asked questions

Can I work while on a Tier 1 Investor visa?

The Tier 1 Investor visa allows you to work in the UK in any position apart from being a professional athlete or sports coach.

Can I study while on a Tier 1 Investor visa?

The Tier 1 Investor visa allows you to study in the UK without restrictions.

What are the limitations of the Tier 1 Investor visa?

You will not be allowed to invest in businesses mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development.