This category allows people with between at least £2,000,000 in funds available for investment to enter the UK in order to invest in one or more active UK businesses. The funds must be held by a regulated institution, such as a bank or venture capital firm, and must be free to spend – not tied up in securities, shares, or similar arrangements.
Tier 1 Investor applicants must score 75 points for their visa to be granted. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of how points are awarded for this visa. Tier 1 Investor applicants do not need to provide proof of their English language proficiency or their access to maintenance funds.
Tier 1 Investor points table
Having at least £2,000,000 of your own money to invest in the UK, and:
Having at least £2,000,000 of your partner's money, and:
Length of stay
Up to 3 years and 4 months, and up to 5 years and 4 months with extensions.
Tier 1 Investor applicants must provide several documents with their application, these include:
Current passport and/or other travel documents
A separate passport photograph
A clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list, found here (link)
A criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in for more than one year in the past ten years
The evidence outlined in the Tier 1 Investor points table above
Other activities and restrictions
Tier 1 investor visa holders can work and study in the UK alongside investing in active UK businesses, and can apply to settle (gaining legal permanent residence in the UK) after a set period of time which depends on how much they have invested in the UK. Those who invest £5,000,000 or more can apply to settle after 3 years, while those who invest £10,000,000 or more may apply after 2 years.
Investors on this visa cannot invest in any company whose main business activities involve managing, developing, or investing in property
Further information, help, and advice
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