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Invest in the UK: Obtain a UK Investor Visa

Are you thinking of investing in the UK? We have extensive knowledge of the complex immigration laws surrounding investors and business people from outside the UK.

We can advise you on the types of Investor visas you are eligible for and guide you through the process of obtaining one. Below are the visa options available to you.

Tier 1 Investor

The Tier 1 Investor visa grants the right to reside in the UK to overseas nationals who invest a minimum of £2 million in UK share capital, loan capital or trading UK companies and who meets specific eligibility requirements.

You must:

  • be 18 or over to apply for this visa
  • be able to prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner
  • have opened an account at a UK regulated bank to use for your funds

Your funds must be:

  • held in one or more regulated financial institution
  • free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK

Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.

On a Tier 1 Investor visa, you can stay in the UK for up to three years and four months. However, you can apply to extend your visa for another two years.

You may also be able to apply to settle after several years if you make significant investments.

Innovator Visa

The Innovator visa enables overseas nationals to set up and run an approved business in the UK. This visa replaces the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. The business or business idea must be something that does not exist already on the market, and an approved body must have endorsed you.

On an Innovator visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 3 years. We can assist you on how to extend your visa or apply for indefinite leave to remain to settle in the UK.

Start-up Visa

The Start-up visa allows overseas entrepreneurs to start their first business in the UK. However, it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market.   This visa replaces the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.

To obtain this visa, your start-up will need an endorsement from a Home-office-approved endorsing body. The endorsing bodies will evaluate your business proposal and make sure you make satisfactory progress with your start-up while in the UK. They can also decide to fund your business if they wish.

To obtain a Start-up Visa , you will not need to invest in the business yourself, but you will need to demonstrate that you can support yourself and your dependants in the UK.

On the Start-up visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 2 years. You won’t be able to extend this visa, but you may be able to switch to an Innovator visa, depending on your circumstances.

If you are not eligible for a Start-up Visa, we can advise you if you qualify for another visa type to work in the UK.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Applications for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa are now closed. This granted non-EEA and non-Swiss citizens to start, join or take over a business in the UK.

If you are already a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holder, we can advise you how you can extend your visa, assist your dependants in joining you in the UK, or assist you in applying to settle in the UK.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is now closed for applications.

If you are already a holder of a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa, we can advise you how you can extend your visa, assist your dependants in joining you in the UK, or assist you in applying to settle in the UK.

How we can help

We will be able to help you determine which visa you are eligible for and guide you through the application, switching and extension processes.

Our UK Investor Visa Fees

Our fees depend on the complexities of your case, your immigration history and urgency. Before we take your instructions, we will agree on the fee with you. Our Investor Visa fees range from £ 2,000 to £ 10,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

We provide tailored solutions for our clients. For details on our services and fees, please see here.

To find out how we can help you today, contact us on 07968 902362 or e-mail We will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

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