You can apply for Tier 1 Investor visa entry clearance if you have £2 million to invest in the UK stocks and shares. The Tier 1 (Investor) visa category is for high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment in the UK. You must have access to at least £2,000,000 (£2 million) in investment funds to apply for Tier 1 Investor visa. If the money is not held in pounds sterling you must convert its value into pounds sterling on the application form. The Home Office, UKVI will check the conversion using the exchange rate shown on the Oanda website on the date on which the application was made.

Our investor visa solicitors are specialists in dealing with Tier 1 investor visa entry clearance applications. Ask a question to our specialist investor visa solicitors for free immigration advice or book an appointment for detailed immigration advice and consultation concerning your Tier 1 Investor visa entry clearance application.

Eligibility Requirements For Tier 1 Investor Visa Entry Clearance

You must have at least £2,000,000 (£2 million) investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

You must:

  • be 18 or over to apply for this visa;
  • have money of your own (money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner), under your control, held in a regulated financial institution, and which is disposable in the UK, amounting to not less than £2 million;
  • have opened an account with a UK regulated bank for the purposes of investing not less than £2million in the UK.

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

Under this route you will not need to show that you have any English language ability because, while you are allowed to work in the UK if you wish to, you should not need to work. Also, you will not need to show any maintenance (funds) because if you have the required investment funds you will be able to support yourself in the UK without any help from public funds. You must be at least 18 years old to use this route, and the assets and investment you are claiming points for must be wholly under your control.

Control Of and Provenance Of Funds

The Home Office, UKVI must not have reason to believe that:

  • you are not in control and at liberty to freely invest the money specified in your application;
  • any of the money held by you or being made available to you by a third party has been acquired by means of conduct which is unlawful in the UK, or would constitute unlawful conduct if it occurred in the UK; or
  • the character, conduct or associations of any third party providing funds is such that approval of the application would not be conducive to the public good.

The Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may not award points where he/she has reasonable grounds to believe one or more of the above applies.

Overseas Criminal Record Certificates

From 01 September 2015, if you are applying for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor or an adult dependant (over 18 years old) of the main applicant under this route, you must provide an overseas criminal record certificate for any country you have resided in continuously for 12 months or more, in the 10 years prior to your application.

You must provide the following specified documents:

  • The original certificate, for each country (excluding the UK) where you have resided continuously for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, since aged 18 years old, issued by an overseas authority, and
  • If the original is not in English, then you must provide a translated copy of certificate, in line with the Home Office, UKVI requirements on certifications of documents.

Certificates will only be considered valid if they have been issued within 6 months of the visa application or within the expressed validity period of the document, whichever is the shorter.

If you are unable to obtain a certificate, for example because the country does not produce such documents or because of any other reasons, you must provide a letter which details your attempts to obtain a certificate and confirms why this has not been possible. You should submit this letter with your other supporting documents when you apply. Home Office, UKVI will consider your explanation against the situation in those countries and decide whether to waive the requirement. If Home Office, UKVI concludes that it is possible for you to obtain a certificate but you have failed to do so then you will be asked again to provide a certificate.

If you fail to provide any certificates or an acceptable explanation for a failure to do so, your application will be refused under paragraph 320 (2A) of the General Grounds for Refusal, Part 9 of the Immigration Rules. If you provide false or fraudulently obtained certificates your application will also be refused. You may also be subject to a 10 year ban for any future entry clearance applications.

How Can We Help With Tier 1 Investor Visa Entry Clearance?

We can represent you in your application for entry clearance for Tier 1 Investor visa from outside the UK and do all the work until a decision is made by the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your Tier 1 Investor visa application. Our work will include:

  • assessing your eligibility for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Investor visa migrant;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, laws and procedures applicable to your application for UK visa entry clearance as Tier 1 Investor;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your UK visa entry clearance application;
  • assessing the documents to be submitted in support of your application and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your UK visa entry clearance application as Tier 1 Investor;
  • completing online application form to apply for UK visa as Tier 1 Investor;
  • submitting an online application, paying the UKVI fee for the UK visa application and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on your behalf and booking an appointment with the UK visa application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • preparing a cover letter explaining in detail how all the relevant requirements of the application for UK visa entry clearance are being satisfied;
  • preparing you for a possible interview with the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) in relation to your application and discussing possible questions which the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may ask during the interview; and
  • doing all the follow-up work on your UK visa entry clearance application until a decision is received from the UK Visa Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).

How Much We Charge?

Our fees for UK visa entry clearance for Tier 1 Investor visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation related to UK visa entry clearance for Tier 1 Investor visa £80
One-Off Documents Checking Service for Tier 1 Investor visa UK £1,000 (VAT not applicable)
Complete help and assistance with UK visa entry clearance application for Tier 1 Investor visa to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application From £3,500 To £5,000 (VAT not applicable)

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the Tier 1 Investor visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for Tier 1 Investor visa entry clearance, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the entry clearance application.

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