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Tier 1 Investor Visa

A Tier 1 Investor visa allows individuals to come to the UK if they make substantial investments in the country. Our immigration solicitors can help you submit your application and provide guidance on suitable investments to make in the UK.

An application for a Tier 1 Investor visa is not as complex as an Innovator visa (formerly an Entrepreneur visa) as long as you can make a minimum investment of £2 million in the UK. We can help you put your application together as well as help you invest in the right entities that meet the visa requirements. We can also help manage your investments during your time in the UK.

Contact our team today on 0808 271 2602 or online and we can assess your situation and plan a way forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Apply For A Tier 1 Investor Visa?

You can apply for an investor visa if you meet certain criteria. You’ll need to be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • From a non-EEA (European Economic Area) country
  • Able to invest at least £2 million in UK businesses
  • Able to prove that you’ve controlled your investment funds for at least two years.

The visa allows you to live, work and study in the UK. You’ll also be allowed to bring dependants with you, including children under 18 and married, civil or unmarried partners.

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How Do I Apply For And Extend A Tier 1 Investor Visa?

The process for applying for and extending a Tier 1 Investor visa is as follows:

  1. Submit your first application three months before you plan to arrive in the UK
  2. Pay your application fee and healthcare surcharge fee (to cover your healthcare while you’re in the UK)
  3. You’ll receive a decision within 3 weeks (this can vary depending on the country you apply from)
  4. If successful, your visa is valid for three years and four months
  5. After this time you can extend your visa for another two years
  6. You can apply to extend your visa in the UK and decisions usually take 1 day to 8 weeks
  7. You can apply to settle after:
    • 2 years if you invest at least £10 million
    • 3 years if you invest at least £5 million
    • 5 years if you invest at least £2 million.

Our expert immigration solicitors can give advice on any stage of the process from first time applications to reapplying if your application was refused. Contact us online or call 0808 271 2602 today.

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Can Irwin Mitchell Help Me Apply For A Tier 1 Investor Visa?

Yes, our immigration solicitors have a 100% success rate for applications for this type of visa. We’ll guide you through each step in the application process by helping you gather all the required documentation you need and checking your entire application is correct before you apply.

Our lawyers can also recommend ways to invest that will not only meet the requirements of the visa but also match your long-term financial goals.

We have offices across the UK and we also represent clients abroad so no matter where you’re based we can guide you through the process. Contact our immigration solicitors today on 0808 271 2602 to discuss your situation.

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Can Irwin Mitchell Help Me Extend or Renew My Tier 1 Investor Visa?

If you need to extend or renew your visa we’ll work with you to make sure you’ve met the relevant immigration rules during your first three years in the UK. Some of these rules include not receiving any public funds, not working as a sportsperson or a doctor or dentist in training. If we find any issues we’ll help you correct them so you can extend your visa without any problems.

Our immigration lawyers provide you with support throughout the time your visa is valid. If you have any concerns about meeting the renewal requirements we’ll be on hand to answer your questions and give advice on how to stay compliant.

Contact us today if you think you may not meet the requirements to renew your visa. The sooner you let us know of any potential issues, the more chance we have of resolving them for you. Call us on 0808 271 2602 or send us an email.

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What If My Application Is Refused?

If your initial application or extension application is refused we can:

  • Challenge the decision through an administrative review
  • Advise on other visa options that may be open to you
  • Help you switch to a different immigration category if we think this will be more beneficial for you.

Contact our immigration lawyers today on 0808 271 2602 if your application was refused and we can plan a way forward.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We’ve dealt with many complicated investment visa issues so our team has the expertise to help you make a successful visa application. Beyond the application process we’ll also put plans in place to make sure you comply with the visa requirements throughout your time in the UK.

Our immigration solicitors will help you with any immediate issues and also build a long-term relationship with you to help you avoid visa problems in the future. We take the time to assess your circumstances to give you practical advice relating to your visa and investments in the UK.

We work closely with our Wealth Management team, who’ll give you expert guidance on your UK investments if you need it. We can also help you with a range of other legal services like tax, conveyancing and estate planning all of which are helpful if you’re moving to a new country.

Contact our immigration solicitors today online or call 0808 271 2602 to talk about how we can help you.

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