UK Tier 1 Investor Visa
UK Tier 1 Investor visa eligibility requirements
The applicant is expected to provide evidence of source of funds, if investment funds are held for less than 2 years. The individual must invest for five years in the UK by way of UK share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK-registered companies (other than those principally engaged in property investment). Investment in government bonds and offshore companies is not permitted.The applicant is not required to show business experience or the ability to speak English.
The UK investor visa is normally granted for a period of 3 years and 4 months (if applying from overseas) or 3 years (if applying from within the UK). Applicants are expected to invest the £2 million in an actively trading UK company within 3 months of being granted a visa under the category and then actively maintain the investment. Individuals under this route will be able to extend the visa for a further 2 years and apply for settlement after 5 years or apply under an accelerated settlement route. The accelerated route to settlement allows the applicants to obtain settlement quicker either after 3 years (for investment of at least £5 million) or 2 years (for investment of at least £10 million). In all scenarios, British citizenship can normally be applied after 12 months of obtaining settlement in the UK.
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The maximum duration of Tier 2 General visa is upto six years unless an exemption applies. Individuals may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after spending 5 years under this category, if they meet all other requirements.