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TIER 1 INVESTOR VISA

MIN INVESTMENT

£2,000,000

PROCESSING TIME

3 WEEKS

PERMIT TYPE

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

FAMILY

SPOUSE, CHILD, PARENT

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SUMMARY

England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. Its capital, London, is one of the world’s most important financial centers. The United Kingdom is now home to some of the world’s best universities. The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa is a residency-by-investment (RBI) scheme in the United Kingdom. It provides a temporary residence, and the application process is speedy. After a few years, you will apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and become a permanent resident. After a minimum of 5 years of residency, including at least one year of permanent residence, British citizenship is possible.

The UK Golden Visa costs £2 million and allows those who apply for £5 million and £10 million to gain permanent residency in three and two years, respectively, rather than five years. The money should be put into loans or stock in a UK trading firm.

While the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union (EU), people still have access to a shared travel area with Ireland. The UK passport is also one of the best globally, allowing visa-free travel to the Schengen area of Europe and the United States for 90 days. If your revenue comes from outside the UK, taxation is also beneficial. You should apply for non-domicile taxation and pay taxes only on the money you send back to the UK. 

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POPULATION

65 Million

CAPITAL

London

CURRENCY

Pound Sterling

LANGUAGE

English

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INVESTMENT

The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa grants individuals who invest in the United Kingdom economy the right to live and work there. The investment must take the form of share capital or loan capital should be inactive and exchange UK-registered companies for the UK tier 1 Investor Visa. Companies primarily engaged in land investment, property management, or property construction are not eligible for investment.

You may depend on the money that belongs to your husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner, whether jointly or solely. You must have free transfer rights.

You must have permission from your husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner to manage and dispose of the money in the United Kingdom. In the section on supporting documentation, you must have proof of your partnership and permission to use joint funds. You can use investments made in the UK within the 12 months before the application date as proof of funds, as long as they are kept in the UK-controlled financial institution.

Manage your assets or have a fund manager whom the FCA/PRA does not supervise. You must provide documentary documentation of your holdings over a period of at least two years, ending no earlier than one calendar month before the application deadline.

If an investment is sold at a loss, Tier 1 (Investor) must buy a new investment at the same price. If an asset is sold at a profit, the investor must buy a new investment at the same price as the previous one. You have until the end of the next reporting period, or six months, whichever comes first, to buy a new qualifying investment after selling one.

UK RESIDENCY INVESTMENT OPTIONS

You are offered three options:

  • invest 2m GBP for five years- you will need to renew your permit once, and you can apply for permanent residence after five years.
  • invest 5m GBP for three years– you can apply for permanent residency after three years
  • support 10m GBP for two years – you can apply for permanent residence after two years

Application Fees: Per person £1,623 + £1,200 (Health surcharge)

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PROCESS

Application Processing Time: 3 Weeks

Step 1 - Month 1

If you need a visa to enter the UK, you must first obtain one from a UK embassy or consulate near you. Collect the required documentation and apply online at the Home Office website. You'll need to open a bank account in the United Kingdom to get your funds moved there. On average, it takes three weeks for the Home Office to review your submission.

Step 2 - Month 2

Once your application has been accepted in principle, you must submit your biometrics and pick up your entry visa at a UK representation near you. You must obtain your biometric residency permit within ten days of the date you said you would arrive in the United Kingdom (even if you arrive at a later date).

Step 3 - Month 2

You have three months from when you arrive in the UK and receive your resident permit to complete your investment.

CONDITIONS

FAMILY

INITIAL PERMIT

The UK Tier 1 Investor grants a three-year, four-month temporary resident permit. As long as the investment is sustained, this permit can be extended indefinitely. While there are no physical presence provisions in the program, you must be absent for no more than 180 days in any 12 months to apply for permanent residency (indefinite leave to remain). Before applying for permanent residency, those who use the £2 million route must renew their permit at least once. Applicants with an investment of £5 million and £10 million will be eligible to apply for permanent residency without renewing their visa.

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