Investor visa (tier 1) guide

Investor visa

For clients of Svetlova LLP in central London, investor visas are one of the most popular ways of settling in the UK. The advantages are clear:

  • There are no restrictions on staying in the UK
  • You do not need to pass the English language test
  • There are no limits on what you can do in the UK: you can work or study

To get an investor visa, you need net assets of at least £2 million.

What you can do with an investor visa (tier 1)

You can:

  • Invest £2,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
  • 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

What you can’t do with an investor visa (tier 1)

You can’t:

  • Invest in companies that are mainly concerned with property investment, management or development
  • Work as a professional sports person or sports coach
  • Get access to public funds

Investing £250,000 in property

Once you have shown that you have access to £1,000,000 to invest in the UK, you are allowed to invest £750,000 into government bonds or other authorised investments. £250,000 can be invested in residential property in the UK, which should be your own home and be free from any mortgage. You are unable to invest in off-plan property

Timing of the investment

The investment of at least £750,000 must be made within three months of the grant of your visa. This time limit is important: non-compliance will jeopardise your application for further leave to remain and the Home Office can limit your right to enter the UK.

Where can you apply from?

Unless you are switching from another visa category, you should apply from your home country. Svetlova LLP will make the application on your behalf electronically.

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