Why the UK?
As one of the top economies and most influential finance and commerce centers in the world, the UK is a highly-desirable destination for high-net-worth investors when it comes to business and lifestyle opportunities alike.
Its capital, London, is a leading global city and financial centre. It has the highest GDP of any city in Europe and is home to the FTSE100 and the headquarters of numerous multinational corporations, financial institutions, professional firms, and major worldwide organizations.
An overview of the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa
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 a great option for investors who have free capital and would like to secure permanent residency in the UK.
The Tier 1 Investor Visa requires a qualifying investment of at least £2,000,000 within three months of entry into the UK. The investment must be maintained until permanent residence is granted, and after five years of continuous lawful residence, the main applicant and their family members can apply to be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.
In March 2019, some new regulations were added to the Tier 1 Visa. Details below.
New regulations for the Tier 1 Visa
- Investors are now required to prove that they’ve had control of the £2 million capital for two years, or show evidence of the source of the funds.
- The qualifying financial investment must be invested into UK shares or corporate bonds; government bonds are no longer accepted.
- Investors who increase their qualifying financial investment in the UK to a total of £5 million (GBP) can apply for settlement after three years, while a qualifying financial investment of £10 million (GBP) allows the investor to apply within two years.
These new regulations can prove challenging for certain investors. Fortunately, there is another approach that provides a unique solution.
Tailored Investments - An Innovative Approach to Tier 1
A tailored investment is created exclusively for the investor and satisfies the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). All tailored investments adhere to UK Home Office rules and incorporate high degrees of protection to the invested capital.
Each tailored investment takes current market conditions into account. Investor returns are clearly communicated from the outset, and once the conditions are met, the returns are added to the investor’s capital sum.
When an investment matures, a new one is created. Each qualifying investment is monitored to ensure compliance with the Home Office investor visa regulatory requirements through approved reporting structures for the lifetime of the investment.
Each investment is run through a UK-regulated stockbroker and bank, and there aren’t any discretionary fees or other management fees required.
If you’d like to learn more about creating a tailored investment for the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa, please don’t hesitate to contact us.