The United Kingdom is group of islands off the Northwest coast of Europe which include England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A constitutional monarchy steeped in history, the UK has had a powerful political, financial and cultural influence around the world.
Living in the UK offers unique combination of bustling modern cities, quaint little towns, a beautiful countryside, magnificent natural landscapes, and many famous historical landmarks. The home of modern-day icons like the Beatles and Wimbledon, the UK has just as much pivotal history steeped in its cathedrals, castles, Roman baths, Stonehenge, and old medieval towns.From pubs, to museums, to world-class dining, shopping and a vibrant theatrical culture, the UK is a cultural haven.
As one of the top economies and most influential finance and commerce centers in the world, the UK’s Tier 1 immigration programs have been intentionally created to attract investors, entrepreneurs, and other highly-talented individuals that will drive business and prosperity in the UK.
We currently provide services for two options under the UK Tier 1 Visa program, one geared toward investors, and the other toward entrepreneurs. Both of these programs offer the means to secure permanent residency in the UK, with the opportunity to apply for UK citizenship down the line. While both have the same final outcome, the two programs differ in their required investment sums and qualifications. We’ve covered both programs at length below so you can decide which is the best fit for you.
The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa is one of the fastest and most secure ways to obtain UK residency; you can be approved in as little as 10 weeks! It’s an excellent option for investors who have free capital and would like to secure UK citizenship by investment.
This program requires an investment of at least £2,000,000 in either UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK-registered companies.
With the Tier 1 Investor Visa you can:
With the Tier 1 Investor Visa, you are allowed to reside in the UK for up to 3 years and 4 months. Once this time has elapsed, you can apply to extend the visa for an additional 2 years. After 5 years in the UK, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and 1 year later, you can apply for citizenship.
More detailed qualifications for this program and UK citizenship by investment are described below.
In addition to the investment requirements, there are several other qualifications and conditions that must be met in order to apply to the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Program.
Investors must be:
The investment funds must be held in at least one approved financial institution (can be outside the UK) and free to spend in the UK
Your family members (spouse, civil partner, dependent children under 18 years of age) can apply along with you.
Students on a financial sponsorship are also able to apply if they’re already in the UK and fall into one of the below categories:
In any of the above scenarios, you are required to provide an unconditional agreement in writing from your financial sponsor to re-enter or stay in the UK if your course fees and living costs were paid by either a government or an international scholarship agency.
The application process for the Tier 1 Investor Visa program is thorough, yet efficient. The Tier 1 Investor category has the shortest application processing time and is straightforward.
Key Application Information:
Documents you’ll need to provide:
You’ll need a certified translation for any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
Proof of investment funds:
If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:
If using your partner’s money you’ll need to provide:
Investors who have lived in the UK for at least 5 years can apply for British citizenship by naturalization as long as they meet the following requirements:
£1,282 - Naturalization
£1,163 - Registration
£80 - Naturalization Ceremony
UK Citizenship by Investment provides investors the opportunity to settle and conduct business in one of the most influential and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Both residency and citizenship in the UK offer many benefits in different areas. Some specific key benefits include the following:
There are countless reasons to secure residency and citizenship in the UK for high-net-worth individuals. Not only is it home to one of the most influential, successful, and historically-relevant countries in the world, but it also provides ample business opportunities and attractive incentives. Both the Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur Visas provide a wonderful opportunity to reside and ultimately gain citizenship in the UK. To decide which is best for your circumstances or learn more about UK Citizenship by Investment, please contact us today for your free initial consultation.