With an outstanding reputation for security, education and quality of life, the UK has become an attractive home for ambitious foreign investors and their families. The Tier 1 Investor Visa is a desirable route for those looking to invest and settle in the UK.
Those who seek to invest in the UK can do so through investing £2,000,000 or more in share capital or loan capital to active and trading UK registered companies.
As a result, they will be granted access to the UK and will be able to:
A Tier 1 Investor Visa is a great way for successful business people seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain and eventual British Citizenship to begin their path towards permanent settlement. The Tier 1 Investor Visa may be particularly attractive with the several fast track options for settlement in the UK.
The Investor Visa has certain requirements that must be met in order to be granted. It is important that you make sure that you meet all requirements before applying to increase your chances of a successful application.
You must be 18 or over to apply for this visa and have all of the relevant documentation that proves that the money belongs to either you or your partner (spouse or unmarried partner). You will also have to provide evidence for the investment funds, which will depend on the route visa route taken.
You must also have opened an account with a UK regulated bank to use for your funds which must meet the following requirements:
Qualifying ‘active and trading UK registered companies’ include those who are:
(i) are registered with Companies House in the UK;
(ii) are registered with HM Revenue and Customs for corporation tax and PAYE;
(iii) have accounts and a UK business bank account, both showing regular trading of its own goods or services;
(iv) have at least two UK-based employees who are not its directors.
There are some restrictions regarding how you can invest the money. You can’t invest in companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development.
You also cannot invest in an offshore company or trust or invest in open-ended investment companies, investment trust companies, investment syndicate companies (pooled resource / shared risk entities such as ‘namecos’ operating as part of a banking, underwriting or insurance syndicate, for example) or pooled investment vehicles. Leveraged investment funds are also unacceptable investments.
Additionally, you cannot work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach or get public funds while on an Investor Visa. There are also applicable restrictions regarding work as a doctor or dentist, unless:
QC Immigration has an experienced team who will be able to guide you towards the best route available to you in order to give you a great chance of getting your application approved. We will assist by building and resenting a convincing case that highlights why your visa application should be accepted.
Having significant experience working with high net worth individuals and families, we will know what the home office is looking for when reviewing your application. We will use our resources to help ensure that you are able to tick all of the necessary boxes. If you would like to get in touch with a member of our team, you can call us on 0203 637 8633 or email email@example.com.
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