Tier 1 (Investor) Visa

This visa is based on an individual's wealth and willingness to invest money in UK interests. This is a passive investment.

Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Requirements

  • You must have at least £1million at your disposal;
  • You must be willing to invest £750,000 of that money in either unit trusts or private companies (not bank accounts, property developing or offshore companies);
  • You may not be employed in any capacity other than managing your investment;
  • You must be prepared to spend at least 50% of your time in the UK;
  • You may invest the remaining £250,000 however you wish;
  • You must meet the English language ability requirements (see below); AND
  • You must have sufficient funds, as specified by the UK Government at the time of application.

Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Conditions

  • You are given a 3 year visa initially.
  • You must then apply for an extension which is normally granted as long as any decrease in the value of your investments is based purely on market fluctuation, you transferred the money within 3 months of arriving in the UK and the total investment is still over £1million. If these conditions are not met then the extension may be refused.
  • Successful extensions are for 2 years.
  • You may, after 5 years, apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (Permanent Residency).
  • Partners and dependent children are able to join you on this visa and are free to work and attend school.

English Language Ability

Applicants who do not have a degree taught in English must sit and pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and score at least 6.5 on each of the 4 components. IELTS measures the ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.