Introduction to Tier 1 (Investor) visas
Produced in partnership with Rose Carey and Katherine Dennis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The following Private Client practice note produced in partnership with Rose Carey and Katherine Dennis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to Tier 1 (Investor) visas
  • Who is eligible?
  • What are the requirements the applicant must meet?
  • How long does the visa enable the applicant to stay in the UK?
  • How long does the application take?
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Conditions once the visa is granted
  • Indefinite leave to remain (settlement)
  • Dependants
  • Living in the UK
  • More...

Introduction to Tier 1 (Investor) visas

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is for high net worth individuals who will make a substantial investment in the UK.

The rules for this visa category are contained in paragraphs 245EA–245EF of Part 6A of the Immigration Rules and paragraphs 54–65SD of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules. The Home Office policy guidance can be viewed at Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 Investor.

Who is eligible?

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa category is open to applicants over the age of 18 as long as they can show that they have the necessary funds for investment in the UK. From 1 January 2021 and the end of free movement, EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals not already present in the UK by this date will require a visa if they wish to live in the UK. The category is therefore open to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021. This is with the exception of Irish nationals who will not require a visa to reside in the UK.

Most applications are made from outside the UK in the country the applicant is resident in or a national of. These applications are known as 'visa' applications. In some circumstances an applicant already in the UK with another type of visa may

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