UK Tier 1 Investor Visa

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if you have GBP 1 million or more in investment funds and you can prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner.

Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.

You can apply for a Tier 1 Investor visa if:

  • You want to invest GBP $1,000,000 or more in the UK
  • You are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • You meet the other eligibility requirements
  • You must have access to at least GBP $1,000,000 in investment funds to apply

How long it will take:

  • You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
  • You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
  • Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

How long you can stay:

  • You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.
  • You can apply to extend this visa for another 2 years.

You can:

  • Invest GBP $1,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.
  • Work or study.
  • Apply to settle after 2 years if you invest GBP $10,000,000
  • Apply to settle after 3 years if you invest GBP $5,000,000

You can't:

  • Invest in companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development
  • Work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • Get public funds
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