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Changes to Tier 1 (Investor) visa route imminent

by Sable International | Apr 14, 2014
  • A report published by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa, including increasing the minimum £1 million investment to £2 million and removing the ability to borrow the funds required to invest in the UK.
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    Currently, to qualify for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa, an investor must hold at least £1 million in a regulated financial institution in the UK or have personal assets of at least £2 million (taking liabilities into account); and hold at least £1 million, borrowed from a regulated financial institution. In addition, at least 75% of the £1 million held in the UK must be invested in UK government bonds or active UK trading companies.

    These investors may also become eligible for settlement after five years by maintaining their investments or fast-track settlement after two years or three years when investing £5 million and £10 million respectively.

    Changes proposed by MAC

    The Migratory Advisory Committee has proposed the following changes:
    • Increasing the £1 million investment threshold to £2 million
    • Removing the provision which permits funds invested in the UK to be sourced by way of a loan
    • Relaxing the current restrictions on permissible investments, thereby giving investors more flexibility and control
    • Introducing a premium route which would offer a successful applicant Indefinite Leave to Remain after being a resident continuously for two years.
    Anyone considering investing in the UK should act quickly if they would like to apply under the current rules. While no firm decisions have been made at this stage, the Home Office has previously acted on Migration Advisory Committee recommendations within just a few months.

    For any visa advice, information or services related to UK visas, including the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa, check out what our immigration team has to offer.

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