UK Investor Visa Suspended
The UK’s Tier 1 Investor Visa looks set for positive change after the Home Office announced it is suspending the visa programme from today pending review. The UK programme has been criticised for...Read more
Investors seeking a residency visa for the UK can consider the Tier 1 investment visa. This requires an investment of £2 million and allows temporary residency in the UK for the investor and their immediate family. This residency lasts for 3 years and 4 months and applicants can apply to extend this residency a further 2 years. Investors can then apply for indefinite leave to remain after 5 years and British citizenship after 6 years. There is no direct UK citizenship by investment programme.
Bond & Equity Investment
3 Year Residency
Future Indefinite Leave to Remain
The UK government closed the Tier 1 UK Entrepreneur Visa in March 2019 and replaced it with the UK Innovator Visa and Start Up Visa. These visas are designed for genuine entrepreneurs who are willing and able to build innovative businesses that are endorsed by a registered endorsing body in the UK.
This is a key distinction from the previous entrepreneur visa. The applicant must now have a genuine and original business plan. It must meet new or existing market needs creating a competitive advantage. Applicants must have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business and there must be evidence of structured planning. This will include the potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets.
The Startup category is designed for high potential, early stage entrepreneurs.
The UK Innovator category is designed for more experienced business people.
A selection of alternative countries for residency and citizenship investment programmes to consider
Full family residency
No requirement to reside
Minimum stay one day
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