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Tier 1 Investor

The Tier 1 (Investor) Visa category is for high net-worth individuals who want to make a substantial financial investment in the UK.

You do not need a job offer to apply under this category. Your application will be assessed based on your ability to invest £2,000,000 (£ 2 million) in the UK.

Initial Entry Clearance as Tier 1 Investor

To apply for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor, the applicant must::

  • be 18 or over;
  • be able to prove that the money belongs to either the applicant, or their husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner;
  • have opened a UK bank account

In addition, the applicant needs to evidence that the funds are::

  • held in one or more regulated financial institutions
  • free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK

The money can be in the UK or overseas at the time of the application.

Switching to Tier 1 Investor

Applicants can apply to switch to a Tier 1 Investor Visa if they meet the eligibility requirements and they are already in the UK under one of the following categories:

  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Post-study work)
  • any Tier 2 category
  • any Tier 4 category
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • businessperson
  • innovator
  • student (under the rules in place before 31 March 2009)
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • student nurse
  • students writing up a thesis
  • work permit holder
  • writer, composer or artist
  • investor

If the applicant is in any other category then they must leave the UK and make the application from their home country.

Extension of Tier 1 Investor

If the applicants are in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor and the initial entry clearance was granted before 6th November 2014 then extension can be applied if the applicant has::

  • at least £1,000,000 under your control in the UK
  • have invested at least £750,000 (or 75%) of that in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • invested this sum within 3 months of ‘investor start date’

If the initial entry clearance as Tier 1 Investor was granted on or after 6th November 2014, then the applicant needs to demonstrate that they::

  • have at least £2,000,000 under their control in the UK
  • have invested those funds in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • invested this sum within 3 months of ‘investor start date’

The ‘investor start date’ is either: the date you came into the UK (if evidence can be provided of this) else it is the date your original visa application (or switch from a different visa category) was approved (if the date of entry cannot be evidenced)

Dependents of Tier 1 Investor

A Tier 1 (Investor) visa will allow the main applicant to bring their dependents to the UK. This visa can also be extended from within the country and it is possible for the main applicant and their dependents to obtain settlement based on the same. You should include any dependants who are on your current visa, on your application for extension – including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for this category, we would advise you to book an appointment with our Solicitors to discuss the merits of your case.

It’s best to seek professional advice before you proceed, to save unnecessary loss of time and expense.

At The SmartMove2UK, our immigration solicitors have provided expertise to numerous applicants seeking to apply for a UK Tier 1 Investor visa.

You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from UK visa consultants in relation to the UK Tier 1 Investor visa.

Our clients in UK or India can speak to any of our Tier 1 Investor Visa Consultant based in Mumbai | Delhi | Gurgaon | Chandigarh | London | Hong Kong | Bangalore on +91 22 2850 9857 or +91 9819 127 002 and book your appointment with our Experts.