Tier 1 (Investor): applying for indefinite leave to remain

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Tier 1 (Investor): applying for indefinite leave to remain
  • Accelerated settlement
  • When does the specified continuous period begin?
  • Eligibility
  • Common requirements
  • Post-6 November 2014 Rules applicants: investment requirements
  • Pre-6 November 2014 Rules applicants who apply before 6 April 2022: investment requirements
  • Original source of funds
  • Dependants
  • Application procedure
  • More...

Tier 1 (Investor): applying for indefinite leave to remain

This Practice Note considers the eligibility criteria for indefinite leave to remain under the Tier 1 (Investor) category.

Significant changes were made to the eligibility criteria for all initial applications in the Tier 1 (Investor) category which were submitted on or after 6 November 2014. A further set of changes were made for initial applications made on or after 29 March 2019. With each set of changes, transitional arrangements were introduced to ensure that those who had applied under the rules in force at the time of their initial application would not be subject to the new rules when applying for extension or indefinite leave to remain (subject to certain deadlines). A further set of changes from 1 October 2019 amended the arrangements further to give such applicants a degree of ‘flex’ around the deadline dates. See Practice Note: Statement of changes in Immigration Rules, HC 2631—analysis. These transitional arrangements means that there are broadly three cohorts of applicant:

  1. those who were granted initial leave under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 November 2014, who can:

    1. apply until 6 April 2022 for indefinite leave to remain, if relying on a minimum investment of at least £1m in qualifying investments (which can include UK government bonds)

    2. apply until 6 April 2025 for indefinite leave to remain,

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