Tier 1 investor visa

The Tier 1 Investor Visa UK allows the applicant to enter the UK to invest 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.

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 IAS 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, call 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online.

Tier 1 Investor Visa FAQs

Can I apply for a Tier 1 Investor Visa?

Unlike most other points-based visa applications, there are few requirements for the Tier 1 Investor Visa UK. The 75 points for this application are granted by having £2 million available to you, your spouse or your long-term partner.

You will not need to pass an English Language test, be sponsored by a UK business or institution or prove you have adequate maintenance.

This type of Tier 1 Visa requires you to invest all £2 million into UK businesses within the first three months of your visa being granted, so it is important that the money you use for your application is freely available for you to invest with before you apply for your visa.

What are my UK Investor Visa investment options?

The UK is one of the world’s top destinations for financial services and attracts a lot of foreign investment in this sector.

Having a varied investment portfolio may help your application. However, as long as you are investing in active trading businesses in the UK, you will be fulfilling the expectations of your Tier 1 Investor Visa.

While the property sector is a large draw for international investors, many property investments are no longer accepted by the Home Office. This includes those involved in property development, property investment and property management.

With our service, we can signpost you to an investment management company to ensure that your money is invested in a way which will support your application.

Can I appeal a UK Investor Visa refusal?

If you are refused an application, you have a right to a review within 28 days, and you can appeal the decision within 10 working days. There is no guarantee that your appeal will be successful.

Our immigration lawyers can help assess whether you are eligible for an appeal based on the grounds of your Investor Visa refusal. We can also guide you through the entire appeal process.

Can I apply for UK citizenship by investment?

Once you have invested £2 million in the UK economy, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years. This is the standard residence period to be considered for ILR and will require you to extend your Investor Visa after the initial three-year period.

If you invest at least £5 million in UK businesses, you will be able to apply after three years. Investing £10 million will allow you to apply for ILR after just two years.

Once you have held ILR for at least a year you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship.

What services does IAS offer?

Our immigration specialists can arrange a consultation using whatever medium suits you. We can discuss your investment options face-to-face, over the telephone or via Skype. We are highly professional and will ensure we work around your busy schedule and time-frame. We can advise you on your options and assist you through your entire UK Investor Visa application process.

Our services include:

  • checking you have the satisfactory documents to make your application;
  • preparing a detailed Letter of Representation about your case and its merits to be submitted with your application;
  • interacting with the Home Office for the duration of your application; and
  • completing each of the application documents to the highest standard.

Contact us on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online for a consultation with an expert immigration lawyer.

Our Investor Visa Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals


Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible


Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline


Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals


Tier 1 Investor Visa Lawyers

For over 20 years the Immigration Advice Service has made a tremendous number of dreams come true. We’re industry experts in advising clients and successfully applying for Investor Visa’s in the UK. Our team care about your needs as a person and as a client, so don’t delay contact us today to secure your future.

Case studies

We are proud to have changed lives for the better. Here are some of their stories:

Fiance Visa for Thai partner

John (a UK national) met Vitchita (a Thai national) online and stayed in contact with her for many months.
After they met in person, they decided that there was something special… Read More

Alexander: Surinder Singh

Alexander is a Norwegian national who had been studying in the UK where he met his wife Maria. He intended to begin a postgraduate course but wanted to know if… Read More

Terence: Tier 1 Visa

Terence, an Australian investor, found several investment opportunities in the UK. He was unclear about his immigration options and contacted IAS. Working closely with our specialist lawyer, he was able… Read More

Asis: EEA Free Movement

Asis, a Spanish national, was offered employment in the UK but was unsure whether or not he would be able to bring his wife and children with him when he… Read More

Working in the UK after Brexit

Gosia, an EEA national, wanted to tour the UK while seeking work, however, she was unsure if she was permitted to do so.
Gosia contacted IAS and arranged a… Read More

Remy: Working in the UK

Remy was a French national living in the UK who had found employment in the UK.
However, his employer was unsure whether or not Remy was eligible to work in the… Read More

Latest reviews


Excellent service! Would definitely recommend to anyone needing help with immigration issues. Our lawyer was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.

Our visa was approved! We had Irfan Waheed and he was very thorough and always available to help. Very happy… Read More
they are excellent service from beginning to the end of there services very helpful people I would use them again… Read More

Latest news