Investor Visa UK

Investor Visa

Overview:

An application for an Investor Visa (Tier 1) can be made if you intend to invest £2,000,000 or more in the UK. This application can be made if you are from a country outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Timelines

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. For example, you can apply from 16 June if you plan to travel on 15 September. You can expect a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

If you’re applying to extend or switch from within the UK an extra payment of £500 can be made to avail the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.

Fees Structure

You must pay £1,623 to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. The fee is the same if you’re extending or switching visas, or if you’re applying as a family member, with the standard additional medical fees.

Qualifications

The main criteria for a visa application in this category is the access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply.

To apply for this visa, you must be 18 or over, be able to provide adequate and fool-proof evidence that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner and that you have opened a valid account at a UK regulated bank for the use of your funds. Your funds must be held in one or more regulated financial institutions and must necessarily be free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK. At the time of your application, your funds can be in the UK or overseas.

You may also be able to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if you’re already a student with financial sponsorship in the UK and you’re a Tier 4 (General) visa holder. You must have unconditional documentation in writing from your financial sponsor to re-enter or stay in the UK if your course fees and living costs were paid by either by the government or an international scholarship agency.

Length of Stay in the UK

You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.  This visa can be extended for another 2 years through an application.

Additional Regulations

With this visa, you are allowed to work or study, apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £10 million, apply to settle after 3 years if you invest £5 million, apply to settle after 5 years if you invest £2 million.

However, there are regulations that do not allow you to work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach or access any kind of public funds or government benefits. Additionally, you cannot work as a doctor or dentist unless you have a primary degree at bachelors level or above in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution that holds a Tier 4 sponsor license or is a UK recognised or listed body; or you worked as a doctor or dentist in training the previous time you were in the UK.

Extension of the Investor Visa

You may be able to extend your Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You should include any dependents who are on your current visa on your application to extend – including children who have turned 18 during your stay and the application must mandatorily be made before the current visa expires.

You can apply to extend your visa (if you successfully applied for your visa before 6 November 2014) if you have at least £1,000,000 under your control in the UK, or have invested at least £750,000 (or 75%) of that in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies or invested this sum within 3 months of your ‘investor start date’.

Funds You can Invest in the UK

This sum should include the £750,000 (or more) investment and £250,000 (or the balance needed) to bring it up to at least £1,000,000. These funds can be either your own money or your partner’s money or money that has been loaned to you by a UK regulated financial institution, as long as you have personal assets with a value of £2,000,000 or more. These 2 sources of availing funds must be kept separate.

You can apply to extend your visa (if you successfully applied for your visa on or after 6 November 2014) and have at least £2,000,000 under your control in the UK, have invested those funds in share capital or loan capital in active UK companies and invested this sum within 3 months of your ‘investor start date’.

If you successfully applied before 29 March 2019, you can also apply to extend if you invested your funds in UK government bonds.

Any applications for extension must be made online.

Fee Structure

You will need to pay £1,623 each for an extension on this visa, along with the additional medical fees and the £19.20 for the biometric information. An extra change of £500 is applicable for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.

Timelines

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Change to the Investor Visa

You may be able to change to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa, provided you make the application before the current visa expires.

Qualifications

You can make an application for a change to the Investor visa if you are already in the UK under a Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), any Tier 2 category or a Tier 4 (General student) visa.

You must leave the UK and make your application from abroad if you’re in another category.

Length of Stay in the UK

You can stay a maximum of 3 years after changing to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You can also extend your visa if you’re eligible.

Fee Structure

An amount of £1,623 each must be paid for a change to this visa, with the additional medical fees and the £19.20 for your biometric information

The standard 8-week timeline can be expedited with an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.

Timelines

A decision will usually be made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service or within 5 working days of your UKVCAS appointment if you use the priority service.

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

Dependents and Family Members

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Fees

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Dependents Applying from Outside the UK

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Timelines

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