Since there are various forms of investment that can be considered for a UK Investor Visa, let’s look into the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa qualifying investments in a concise manner today.

As the most highly talked visa at the moment, UK Tier 1 Investor Visa however is not suspended yet. New applicants can still move ahead with their applications under this route.

A suspension is expected along the way, but the visa applications are very much accepted and processed by the Home Office at the moment.
Note: This article is regarding the UK Tier 1 Investor visa qualifying investments, which is different than the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.

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What is a Tier 1 Investor Visa?

Legal advice is highly important to understand the route to invest in the UK, have a clear picture of migration rules and have your case effectively represented in front of the relevant authority.

A Tier 1 Investor visa allows you to invest £2,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.

Investor visa holders are not restricted to work, engage in business or study in the UK.

Tier 1 Investor Visa Qualifying Investments

To score these points you must be able to show that you are able to make an investment of £2 million or more in the UK.

Accordingly, you must have:

  • at least £2 million of your own funds, under your control, held in a regulated financial institution and which is disposable in the UK.
  • opened an account with a UK regulated bank for the purposes of making that investment.

The rules and eligibility criteria for a UK Investor visa require you to score a minimum of 75 points.

The £2 million investment funds may be held overseas at the time of application, or these funds may already be in the UK. If the money is not held in pounds sterling, you must convert its value into pounds sterling on the application form.

Jointly-owned funds can be used as the basis of your application, for example where ownership is shared with your husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner. In this instance, you will need to evidence your unrestricted right to transfer and dispose of these funds in the UK. It is also possible to rely on funds that are solely owned by another party, again requiring you to show your right of transfer and disposal. In all cases, you – or you and/or your husband, wife, civil partner, or unmarried or same-sex partner – must be the beneficial owner of the funds and not holding the investments on behalf of anyone else.

You may use, as evidence of funds, investments made in the UK within the 12 months immediately before the date of the application, provided they are held in the UK regulated financial institution. You may not, however, use assets or possessions such as property as evidence of your funds for investment.

Making a Tier 1 Investor Visa application

At The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration) we provide assistance to a varied range of high net worth clients for growing their investment in the UK. We have the experience to advise you on the most appropriate category of UK visas for your circumstances and have the insight to make the process as smooth as possible.

As a team of immigration lawyers, we have an established reputation for effective and efficient management and processing of visa applications, and for providing expert visa-related advice. We understand the stresses involved with moving around the other side of the globe, and we take utmost pride in playing a supportive role to ease the pressure. We have our offices in India – Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Chandigarh, but we are available to connect telephonically or through a video call from any part of India, or the world.

If you are interested in knowing more about investor visas and citizenship by investment offered by nations besides the UK, feel free to have a look at the global citizenship by investment options.

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