This immigration route was closed with immediate effect on 17.02.2022. Dependants (spouse/children under 18) can still join investors who are already in the UK.
Tier 1 (Investor)
An investor’s visa can be obtained if you have your own funds in the amount of at least £ 2 million, which you are willing to invest in the UK. Since March 2019, the requirements for this category have changed significantly. The applicants need to demonstrate that the held the investment funds for at least two years prior to the application.
This visa will allow you to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR or permanent residence) in the UK after 2 years, 3 years or 5 years depending on the following:
– investments in the amount of £ 2 million – ILR after 5 years, subject to extension of the investor’s visa after 3 years;
– investment in the amount of £ 5 million – ILR after 3 years;
– investment of £ 10 million – ILR after 2 years.
Family members (these include children who are under 18 years of age on the date of the initial filing, and spouses) receive an Indefinite Leave to Remain together with the main applicant, if they also applied all together for an initial visa.
We draw attention to the requirement for the days of absence in the UK to be qualified for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR): both the investor’s visa holder and his/her family members must not be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any consecutive 12 months.
Obtaining British citizenship is possible after 5 or 6 years of residence in the country. Requirements for days of absence when applying for naturalization (British citizenship) differ from the requirements for obtaining ILR. All applicants can spend no more than 450 days outside the UK for 5 years, including no more than 90 days in the last 12 months before application.
1) The availability of own funds to invest at least £ 2 million. The money should be under the control of the applicant, in an accredited financial institution, both in the UK and abroad, and should be available for use in the UK.
Funds can be obtained from third parties, but should not be a bank loan. If the funds are not being held for at least two years in the applicant’s personal account, it is necessary to show their source. It can be a gift, inheritance, etc. Conditions for receiving funds from third parties, the procedure and the necessary documents may be discussed individually on request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Personal consultation is possible at the office of Westland Mark Limited or via Skype, WhatsApp, Viber +44 07305464777;
2) Before applying for an investor visa, the applicant must open an investment account in a regulated financial institution. This requirement is introduced to prevent money laundering. It is assumed that before opening an account, the regulated financial institution will check the legality and origin of the funds.
3) A minimum investment of £ 2 million must be made vis specific companies within the UK.
4) Tuberculosis test if the applicant is a resident of one of the countries on the Home Office list. The certificate with test results is valid for 6 months.
5) For applicants from abroad a certificate of no criminal records is needed. It should be taken from the relevant authorities of those countries where the applicant has lived more than 12 months in the past 10 years.
The visa is issued for 3 years and 4 months (when applying abroad) or for 3 years (when applying in the UK). It can be extended for 2 years if necessary.
Applicants in this category do not need to demonstrate knowledge of the English language and the availability of funds for accommodation (maintenance). However, to apply for ILR, both the investor and family members who are over 18 years old must show a certain level of English and pass the Life in the UK test.
For those who received the initial investor visa according to the rules valid up to the 6th November 2014, the requirements for extension and obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain are the same as before.