Tier 1 Investor Visa

Our immigration team, XT 24, boasts extensive experience in preparing successful Investor Visa applications. Although this category closed to new applicants in February 2022, if you already hold leave under the Tier 1 Investor category, applications to extend your leave continue to be accepted until February 2026.

Applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain continue to be accepted until February 2028.

Tier 1 Investor Visa UK

Having collaborated with the Home Office, XT 24 understands the meticulous assessment process for each application. If eligibility criteria are not met or if there are shortcomings in the process or documentation, the application may face refusal. The XT 24 team is committed to ensuring the success of your applications.

Who is the Tier 1 Investor visa UK route designed for?

XT 24 has a well-established reputation for successfully assisting High Net Worth (HNW) individuals with their Tier 1 Investor visa applications, recognized as leaders by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, where they remain ranked as a Top Tier Firm.

How do I apply to extend my Tier 1 Investor visa?

If you currently hold leave in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor category, you may apply to extend your leave for a further two years, subject to meeting the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have invested your own money, under your control, amounting to at least £2 million in qualifying UK investments, and this investment has been maintained.
  • You invested this sum within three months of the date you first entered the UK as a Tier 1 Investor, or the date your original visa application was approved.
  • There are no grounds on which the Home Office can reasonably believe that your £2 million funds were acquired by means of unlawful conduct.
  • You do not fall for refusal under the general grounds, which relate principally to any adverse immigration history and/or criminal record.
  • Your application is submitted before 17 February 2026.

Notably, Tier 1 Investor applications are not subject to any English language requirement until the application for permanent settlement in the UK.

What kind of activities can I undertake in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor?

Tier 1 (Investors) are not permitted to work in the UK as professional sportspersons, doctors, or dentists in training. However, they are allowed to take employment, engage in self-employment, business activities, and study, subject to limited restrictions.

Can I bring my family with me?

The Tier 1 Investor visa allows you to bring a dependent spouse or partner and dependent children under the age of 18 at the time of the initial application.

Are there tax implications of transferring my money to the UK?

Tax implications depend on whether appropriate tax planning measures have been completed before relocating to the UK.

How can I invest my funds in the UK?

Not all types of investments are acceptable under the Tier 1 Investor scheme. You will be required to invest your £2 million funds as share or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.

How quickly can I become settled in the UK?

The length of time before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK depends on the level of your investment:

  • Investment £2 million: ILR – 5 years, Citizenship – 6 years
  • Investment £5 million: ILR – 3 years, Citizenship – 5 years
  • Investment £10 million: ILR – 2 years, Citizenship – 5 years

Any application for Indefinite Leave to Remain must be submitted before 17 February 2028.

How many days do I need to spend in the UK?

If you do not intend to settle in the UK, there is no minimum time requirement. For those seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain, ensure not to be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any continuous 12-month period during the qualifying period. This residence requirement also applies to dependent spouses and partners. Note that different residence requirements apply for those seeking British citizenship.

For more information about XT 24 and our Corporate Immigration services, please contact a member of the team who can answer any questions and guide you through the process.

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