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Tier 1 Investor Visa

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Tier 1 Investor visa is possible if you have at least two million pounds (£2,000,000) in funds available to invest in active UK businesses. The funds must be held by a regulated institution, such as a bank or venture capital firm, and must be free to spend – not tied up in securities, shares, or similar arrangements.


Tier 1 Investor applicants must score 75 points for their visa to be granted. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of how points are awarded for this visa. Tier 1 Investor applicants do not need to provide proof of their English language proficiency or their access to maintenance funds.

Tier 1 Investor points table



Having at least £2,000,000 of your own money to invest in the UK, and:

  • Evidence of how much money you have

  • Evidence of where the money is held

  • Proof that you've had the money for longer than 3 months OR;

  • Proof of how you obtained the money

  • Proof that the money is available to spend in the UK


Having at least £2,000,000 of your partner's money, and:

  • Proof that you are married or in a civil partnership OR;

  • Proof that you have been in a relationship for more than 2 years

  • A statement of your partner's permission for you to invest the money in the UK AND;

  • A statement from a solicitor that your partner's statement of permission is legally valid and not falsified



Length of stay

Up to 3 years and 4 months, and up to 5 years and 4 months with extensions.


Tier 1 Investor applicants must provide several documents with their application, these include:

  • Current passport and/or other travel documents

  • A separate passport photograph

  • A clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list, found here (link)

  • A criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in for more than one year in the past ten years

  • The evidence outlined in the Tier 1 Investor points table above

Other activities and restrictions

Tier 1 investor visa holders can work and study in the UK alongside investing in active UK businesses, and can apply to settle (gaining legal permanent residence in the UK) after a set period of time which depends on how much they have invested in the UK. Those who invest £5,000,000 or more can apply to settle after 3 years, while those who invest £10,000,000 or more may apply after 2 years.

Investors on this visa cannot invest in any company whose main business activities involve managing, developing, or investing in property

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