Tier 1 Investor Visa

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Overview

The Tier 1 Investor Visa UK allows you and your family to become a permanent resident of the UK to by investing at least £2 million into UK businesses.

As a high-value migration route, you are not required to have a job offer before you can apply for an Investor Visa and your application will not need to be sponsored. The application is almost entirely based on your ability to invest the required amount within the first three months of your visa being granted.

There is no English Language requirement and no expectation to show sufficient maintenance funds. For investors who have £2 million or more available, this is a great route to entering the country and securing UK citizenship by investment.

As one of the top economies and most influential finance and commerce centers in the world, the UK’s Tier 1 immigration program have been intentionally created to attract investors, entrepreneurs, and other highly-talented individuals that will drive business and prosperity in the UK. The Tier 1 (Investor) visa allows you to invest £2,000,000 or more in the UK‎ to obtain UK Residence & Citizenship for the entire family. A Tier 1 (Investor) visa unlocks a secure and fast-track route for investor applicants and their family.

The visa enables them to relocate to the UK and enjoy the high living standards, security and renowned education and start the journey towards UK Citizenship.  The Investor route requires an investment of £2 m/£5/ or £10m in share or loan capital in active UK businesses. Tier 1 applications are fast: the processing time is just 3-4 weeks. The initial visa is granted for 3 years and 4 months (3 years if processed in the UK).

After this time, applicants can request a 2-year extension provided that they meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants who spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Accelerated routes to settlement available after 3 years with the overall investment of £5 million, or after just 2 years with the total of £10 million. Knowledge of the English language is not required for the initial visa.

The Tier 1 (Investor) category is for high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment in the UK. The objective is to allow wealthy international citizens to come to the UK to live, work, invest and enjoy the benefits of a stable and secure country. Under this route you will not need to show that you have any English language ability because, while you are allowed to work in the UK if you wish to, you should not need to work.


You must be at least 18 years old to use this route, and the assets and investment you are claiming points for must be wholly under your control. The Tier 1 Investor category has the shortest investor immigration application processing time among the G8 countries and has very objective entry criteria, with a predictable outcome.

Five Pillars Consultants can help you every step of the way to ensure you are fully compliant with the investor route scheme.

The Five Pillars Consultants investment and business acquisition strategies

  • Investment strategies for £2m, £5m and £10m with bespoke risk-managed portfolios agreed for each client
  • We can help you purchase UK compliant investments in for example hospitality and care.
  • Buffer account to protect your investment from falling below its original value
  • Custody of assets in the UK and full quarterly reporting
  • UK Home Office compliant reporting
  • Access to our Strategic Partners in Law, Tax and Accounting

The Tier 1 (Investor) requirements are complex and, therefore, it is important that the applicant, and their wealth manager (if they are using one), are familiar with the Immigration Rules in relation to the investment requirements.

We offer an end to end service and ensure that all the criteria is met. Unfortunately, if a mistake is made with the investment, which, in our experience, is happening increasingly often, the applicant may find themselves in breach of the Immigration Rules. If this happens, there is no mechanism within the Immigration Rules which allows applicants to correct the error and “wipe the slate clean”. In these situations, applicants will need to wait until they apply to extend their stay or for ILR to request that the Home Office exercises its discretion and approves the application.

Above all we provide piece of mind that you with us, you are dealing with a dedicated team who specialise in UK Tier 1 Investor Visa investments, have intimate knowledge of the rules and can guide you through the complexity to ensure that your investment portfolio is always compliant.

Moving your family to a new culture comes with many challenges but also many rewards. Five Pillars Consultants are experts at helping our clients navigate the challenges of the UK investor visa but more than that, helping their move to the UK to be a rewarding and successful one.

We act as a trusted adviser who can direct clients to the right professionals (legal, tax, property and other ancillary services), create a compliant investment portfolio structured for steady growth. We do this through strategies that are well diversified and with a proven track record.

We provide a full ‘hand holding’ concierge service and our expertise will extend to every eventuality in your route to UK citizenship including, but not limited to:

  • Financial / investment meeting to decide on safe and profitable UK investments
  • Tax advisory consultation prior to coming to the UK
  • Bank account opening in the UK
  • Finding the best schools for your children
  • Collection from the airport to collect Biometric Residence Card
  • Reporting back to the home office for the full five years until ILR is obtained.

Tier 1 investor visa application help

Our specialist immigration lawyers offer premium consultation services for those looking to invest in the UK on a Tier 1 Investor Visa. We will work around your busy schedule; our consultations can be conducted via Skype, telephone or in person. We will also advise you on your investment options and qualifying investments, ensuring you are eligible for this type of visa.

Instructing Five Pillars to complete your Tier 1 Investor Visa application will give you the best possible chance of receiving your visa and starting your investments in the UK economy. For an in-depth discussion of your personal circumstances please make an enquiry online.

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