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United Kingdom: Investor Visa (Tier-1)

The UK Tier 1 Residency visa is for those who are willing to make a substantial financial investment in the economy and development in the United Kingdom.  As well as being able to reside in one of the most advanced and powerful nations in the world, you are able to apply for citizenship and the coveted British Passport after 5 years of residency in the UK.

There are two categories within Tier 1 scheme as follows:

The UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is for those who have £200,000 to invest in their own business.  They need to run the business fulltime, pay taxes and hire at least 2 UK citizens.

The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa is for those who can an investment of £2,000,000 in funds, government bonds, share capital or loan capital.

Key points:

  • Applying is relatively simple and doesn’t take long - usually under 2 months
  • Visas are valid for up to 3 years and 4 months and can be renewed for a further 2 years
  • Processing time can be as little as 2 months


We have partnered with the UK's leading Tier-1 Investment Management Firm along with London's leading immigration law firms. Together we can provide you to the safest hands in the business with a long track record of working with High Net Worth individuals. Along the way we can assist you with any other requirements you have as well as giving you a point of reference to follow up on any issues.

Some key points:

  • 10 different languages spoken including Russian, Mandarin and Farsi
  • 100% success rate – no failed initial, extension or settlement applications
  • Investment committee with over 100 years professional experience and track record in managing advisory & discretionary portfolios
  • In depth understanding of financial and reporting requirements for immigration law
  • Acknowledged authority in sector and membership/affiliation with all relevant bodies including active participation with UK Home Office Migration Policy committee
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding, with first-hand experience of the process

Investment Visa

If you invest £2,000,000 in UK share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies, you can apply for a UK Tier 1 Investment visa.  Recently, the UK also allowed investment in a pooled investment vehicle where the vehicle also receives funding from the UK government or a devolved government – for example, the British Business Bank or Scottish Investment Bank.

Startup Visa

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you have access to £200,000 in investment funds to invest in your own business or startup and you can prove that the money is either:

  • your own
  • made available to you by other people (‘third parties’), such as a spouse, partner or investor
  • in a joint account with your spouse or partner but only if they aren’t applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

The funds must be held in the UK if you’re applying for leave to remain. 

The required investment amount can be reduced to £50,000 if you have access to investment funds from one or more of the following:

  • UK entrepreneurial seed funding competition endorsed by the Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • a UK government department making funds available for the purpose of setting up or expanding a UK business
  • a venture capital firm registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)


  • You have membership of approved startup incubator or accelerator

Investor Visa (Tier-1) Key Points

Programme Name:Investor Visa (Tier-1) Minimum investment:GBP 2,000,000
Time to permanent residency:5 years Time to citizenship:6 years
Typical processing time:2 months Minimum stay:9 months per year to get UK passport
Visa Free Countries:160 Passport Ranking:11th
Cost of Living Rank:29th Corruption Rank:10th

United Kingdom Overview

The UK is an excellent place to live and work for obvious reasons; its GDP is the 6th highest on the planet and it’s also one of the most developed places around. Actually, there isn’t much the UK doesn't have and its wealth and opportunities have been the reason for people to cross the sea for ages.  

It was the first place where an underground subway system was built and even the world’s oldest rail lines can be found in the UK, showing that development goes a long way back and has never stopped. When it comes to work, life and wealth the UK is in the top 20% of performers and the quality of the environment is really high too. From clean water to low pollution, the United Kingdom is a clean and healthy place to live. 

But do you have a picture in your mind of dull and grey skies?  It doesn't rain nearly as much as people seem to think and there are many wonderful places to discover. Stunning landscapes with cliffs, Stonehenge, lochs and cute villages, stunning cities and of course people who are world famous for their sense of humour. 

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The passport for the UK allows you to travel to 160 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 11.