- Page Contents
- How To Apply For ILR?
- Eligibility Requirements For ILR
- Absences From The UK
- Knowledge of Life and Language For ILR
- How Can We Help?
- How Much We Charge?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Tier 1 (Investor) Migrants can qualify for indefinite leave to remain after a 2, 3 or 5 year period depending on the level of investment by them in the UK.
Our Investor visa solicitors are specialists for providing expert legal advice and representations for ILR as Tier 1 Investor. As specialist investor visa solicitors, we have wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with applications for ILR as Tier 1 Investor. The high quality of our immigration services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the services provided by our Tier 1 Investor visa solicitors. Ask a question to our specialist team of Tier 1 Investor visa solicitors for free immigration advice or send a request to schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice and consultation concerning your application for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor.
You can apply for ILR as Tier 1 Investor by completing an online application form for ILR as Tier 1 Investor. An application for ILR as Tier 1 Investor can only be made through standard service becuase the Home Office UKVI does not offer Super Priority Service or Priority Service for ILR application as Tier 1 Investor migrant. An application for Tier 1 Investor ILR is normally processed by the Home Office UKVI in 3 to 6 months time.
To qualify for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor, you should meet the following eligibility requirements:
- you currently have a Tier 1 (Investor) visa
- you’ve been living in the UK for 2, 3 or 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’ with enough investments
- you must have passed the Life in the UK Test, unless over the age of 65
- you must meet the English language requirements
- your application must not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal
You application for ILR as Tier 1 investor may be refused under general grounds for refusal if, for example, you have:
- got a criminal record in the UK or another country
- provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office
- broken UK immigration law
Cash Investments For ILR After 2, 3 Or 5 Years
The table shows what investments you need to be eligible to apply after 2, 3 and 5 years.
|Time Living In The UK||Cash Investments|
|2 years||£10 million|
|3 years||£5 million|
|5 years||£2 million|
You must have invested those funds in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies within 3 months of your ‘investor start date’. You must provide proof of where your money came from if you have not done this in a previous application.
You cannot have had more than 180 days’ absence from the United Kingdom during any consecutive 12 months of the qualifying period. You will need to list details of your absences from the United Kingdom, including the reasons for those absences, on the ILR application form but you will not need to provide any specified evidence to support this.
Whatever the reason for absences from the United Kingdom, they will still be counted towards the maximum 180 days. This includes any absences for work reasons, or serious and compelling reasons. The only exception is where you have been absent from the United Kingdom assisting with a national or international humanitarian or environmental crisis overseas, such as the Ebola crisis which began in West Africa in 2014 and you can provide evidence that this was the purpose of the absence.
You can include the time between your entry clearance being granted and you entering the United Kingdom as part of your continuous period. Absences between the date entry clearance being granted and you entering the United Kingdom are treated as an absence from the United Kingdom and will form part of the 180 days allowed within a continuous 12 month period.
If you have been outside of the United Kingdom for more than 180 days in any consecutive 12 month period, this will break the continuous period and you will need to start the qualifying period for settlement again. If this happens you may need to obtain a further extension of Tier 1 Investor visa to reach your continuous period in the United Kingdom.
For ILR applications made from 11 January 2018, Home Office UKVI will consider absences from the UK on a rolling basis, rather than in separate consecutive 12-month periods. If your qualifying period includes leave granted before this date any absences during that leave will be considered under the previous rules – in separate 12-month periods, ending on the same date as you make your ILR application. For example:
You apply for ILR as Tier 1 EInvestor on 30 June 2020. Your continuous period includes the following grants of leave:
- One grant of leave from 1 July 2015 to 28 July 2018 – Any absences during this grant of leave will be considered in separate 12 month periods, ending on 30 June each year.
- One grant of leave from 29 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 – Any absences during this grant of leave will be considered on a rolling basis. Home Office UKVI will not include any absences from the previous grant of leave when they assess this.
When you apply for ILR as Tier 1 Investor, you are required to show that you have knowledge of life and language in the United Kingdom before you can be granted ILR (unless you fall under an exemption). You can demonstrate the knowledge of Life and Language by passing both the Life in the UK Test and holding an English speaking and listening qualification at level B1 or above.
Our expert team of Investor visa solicitors can represent you in your application for ILR as Tier 1 Investor and carry out all the work on your ILR application until a decision is made by the Home Office on your ILR application. The work to be carried out by our Tier 1 Investor visa solicitors on your ILR application will include the following:
- Assessing your eligibility for ILR as Tier 1 Investor by considering all the relevant information;
- Advising you on the relevant requirements, documents, procedures and costst involved in the application;
- Assessing the documents provided by you to be submitted in support of the application and advising you on the same;
- Completing the online application and submitting your application online;
- Booking your appointment with the UKVCAS Sopra Steria Centre for verificaton of documents and enrolment of biometrics;
- Preparing detailed cover letter in support of your ILR application explaining how the relevant legal requirements are being satisfied in the light of the documents being submitted with the ILR application;
- Uploading all the supporting documents to the UKVCAS online portal in support of your ILR application;
- Dealing with any enquiries received from the Home Office UKVI while the ILR application is pending with the Home Office UKVI;
- Doing all the follow up work on the application until decision on your ILR application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI.
Our fixed fees for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor from inside the UK are as given in the fee table below:
|Our Service||Our Fixed Fees Range|
|Full service for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor from inside the UK to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI||From £5,000 + VAT To £10,000 + VAT|
The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for ILR as a Tier 1 Investor, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.