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Tier 1 Investor
The Tier 1 Investor Visa is designed for high net worth individuals making a substantial investment in the UK. This is a passive investment program. There is no requirement to own or operate a business.
An Applicant must show that they have opened an account with a UK regulated bank for the purpose of investing £2 million. An Applicant must also satisfy a decision-maker regarding the source of their funds and that it is lawful, under their control and disposable in the UK.
Initial Tier 1 Investor Visa
Your initial Tier 1 Investor Visa will be granted for 3 years and 4 months. You can extend your Tier 1 Investor Visa for a further 2 years if you have invested £2 million into UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies. Investment in property or companies engaged in property investment/management does not qualify as an eligible investment.
Accelerated Permanent Residence
The length of time required to qualify for UK permanent residency through the Tier 1 Investor Visa program depends on the amount of investment as follows:
Invest £2 million – eligible for permanent residency after 5 years
Invest £10 million – eligible for permanent residency after 2 years
Invest £5 million – eligible for permanent residency after 3 years
An Applicant can apply for British Citizenship on completion of one more year after having secured permanent residence.
Generous residence requirements enable an Applicant and their dependents to be absent from the UK up to 6 months each year.
The Tier 1 Investor Visa is a very complex route, particularly in respect of the evidence required to prove that the Applicant holds and has under their control the necessary investment sum. Sterling Immigration will guide you through the application process ensuring that you comply with all the legal and financial requirements to ensure a successful outcome.
Sterling Immigration work with reputable wealth management companies through which you can purchase UK Government Bonds, stocks or shares. Our wealth management partners provide bespoke wealth management strategies to help you meet your long-term financial and immigration goals. In addition, Sterling Immigration’s investment team will assist you to open a UK bank account and provide tax advice in preparation for your move to the United Kingdom.