UK Tier 1 Investor Visa 2021

Looking to settle in the UK via investment in 2021? The Tier 1 Investor Visa Program offers high net worth individuals and their dependent family members the ability to gain settlement rights, followed by Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and eventual UK citizenship by making an eligible investment of £2 million or more. Find out more about this popular UK residency program for HNW investors, or contact us now for more information.

The Tier 1 Investment Visa at a glance

The Tier 1 Program is open to investors from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland only. A minimum investment of £2 million+ serves as the basis upon which a residency visa can be obtained by the primary applicant, their spouse and dependent children for a period of 3 years and 4 months.

This UK residency visa can be extended for an additional period of 2 years, provided that the program requirements are continually met.

Once the investor and their families have spent more than 180 days per year in the UK for the first 5 years, they can become eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), also referred to as settlement. Once they have held ILR status for a period of 1 year, they can become eligible to apply for UK citizenship, and a British passport, thereafter.

  • Applicants investing £2 million+ can apply for UK settlement after 5 years.

  • Applicants investing £5 million+ can apply for UK settlement after 3 years. 

  • Applicants investing £10 million+ can apply for UK settlement after 2 years.

Applicants who invest £2 million may apply for UK citizenship after 6 years of continued residency in the country (minimum 180 days per year), while applicants investing £5 million or £10 million can become eligible to apply for UK citizenship after 5 years.

During any of the above scenarios, the investor and their dependents are expected to pay a NHS surcharge, formally known as the Immigration Health Surcharge, up-front for a period of 3 years during your application. Once you and your family have obtained Indefinitely Leave to Remain (ILR) status, this surcharge will no longer be applicable. 

The program has been massively popular with foreign investors, and high net worth Chinese nationals in particular, however the Covid-19 pandemic led to the program seeing the lowest level of foreign investment registered in a 4-year period during the first quarter of 2020.

Key Tier 1 Visa benefits

FAST PROCESS: Tier 1 Investor Visa applications can typically be processed in as little as 3 to 4 weeks, making it one of the fastest investment residency programs in the world. 

FAMILY ELIGIBILITY: Your spouse and children under 18 can be included in your application.

PATH TO UK CITIZENSHIP: Apply for Indefinite Leave to remain after either 5 years, 3 years or 2 years, depending on the size of your investment, and apply for UK citizenship in as little as 5 years once you’ve continually resided in the UK for a period of 5 years.

 NO GOVERNMENT DONATION: Unlike as with the residency and citizenship programs of Malta and Montenegro, the Tier 1 Investor Visa is an investment-only program – there are no government donations applicable.

WORLD CLASS EDUCATION: The UK’s universities and tertiary institutions are consistently ranked among the best in the world. As UK residents, your children will be eligible to study at local, subsidised tuition rates, rather than having to pay around double the fees as international students.

 NO LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: The Tier 1 Visa Program does not require applicants to be fluent in English.

 ULTIMATE PLAN B: Quality of life and personal safety are but two of the reasons international investors are drawn to the UK. Add to that its ease of doing business and the ability to access a thriving first-world economy, and it’s not surprise that investors the world over are choosing the UK as their second home.

FREE HEALTHCARE: Gain free access to world class public healthcare, subject to the payment of a nominal NHS surcharge per applicant.

PASSPORT POWER: Travel visa-free to over 180 countries around the world, including the EU and the USA, once you’ve obtained UK citizenship and your passport.

Key program eligibility requirements

  • The primary applicant must be 18 years or older.

  • Applicants must be able to supply evidence of the means to make a minimum investment of £2 million or more. The investment funds must have been legally obtained.

  • All applicants are required to open a UK investment account with an FCA regulated financial institution.

  • While there are no English language proficiency requirements associated with the Tier 1 Investor Visa Program, you will be required to pass a language test in support of your subsequent application to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status.

  • Applicants are required to be of impeccable international standing, and must have a clean criminal record in their country of origin and / or residency.

Why choose us for UK investment residency

No one citizenship planning firming can claim the definitive brain trust on every single citizenship and residency program in the world; nor are they licensed to promote every program on the market.

Sole Representative Visa UK has partnered with leading experts around the world, harnessing the local market expertise and boots-on-the-ground presence of the RCBI industry’s most acclaimed practitioners.  Our clients therefore enjoy in-depth insight and reliable service, whichever program they opt for.

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