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Tier 1 Investor

The Tier 1 (Investor) category is for high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment in the UK.

 

Initial Applications

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • That at least £2 million, genuinely and lawfully obtained, is available for investment in the UK
  • That the funds are held in a regulated financial institution, such as a bank or asset management firm and are free to invest in the UK
  • That a bank account has been opened in the UK for the purpose of investing the funds
  • That any third party contributor legally validates their permission to give the Applicant funds and is the funds of good character

Extension Applications

In order to extend stay in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor, an Applicant will need to demonstrate that within 3 months of the date of entry into the UK:

  • the £2 million investment remains under the Applicant, their spouse or partner’s control in the UK
  • the £2 million funds have been invested in the UK by way of UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK registered companies

 Separate requirements apply for Tier 1 (Investors) who applied to enter the category under the Immigration Rules in force prior to 6 November 2014.

Settlement in the UK

An Applicant may apply for settlement in the UK after a continuous period of five years under the Tier 1 Investor category and will need to demonstrate:

  • That the £2 million funds have been invested in the UK by way of UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK registered companies
  • That the level of investment must have been maintained through the continuous period
  • That the Applicant has not spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 calendar months during the continuous period
  • That the Applicant has sufficient knowledge of the English language to B1 level or higher standard and has passed and Life in the UK test

Accelerated settlement applications can be made where an Applicant maintains an investment of £10 million over a continuous period of two years or £5 million over a continuous period of three years

How we can help

Our experienced lawyers can help Applicants, family members or dependants to:

  • Make an initial application
  • Make an extension application
  • Make a settlement application; or
  • Challenge decisions by way of Administrative Review or other appeal processes

We will assist by:

  • Obtaining the complete facts of a case
  • collecting relevant documents
  • advising the best solutions
  • preparing the application (including completion of forms)
  • preparing covering submissions
  • submitting the application(s) to the relevant authority
  • communicating with the relevant authority until a decision is made
  • advising about rights and entitlements following a decision an application
  • providing follow up support and services

Contact Us

Descartes Solicitors is recognised as one of the leading multi-practice firms in the UK. Our specialist investor immigration team works closely with investors, wealth managers and leading banks to prepare and submit high-quality visa applications for investors and their dependent family members.

For advice and assistance with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa application or appeal, please contact our lawyers on 02089953556/08445569901 or e-mail info@descartessolicitors.co.uk.

LINK TO UKVI GUIDANCE

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-1-investor