Invest in the UK and gain residency
If you're looking to move yourself, your family or your business to the UK, we can help you apply for the right visa. More than that, our comprehensive service will ensure that every aspect of your move is taken care of.
Our accounting, immigration, forex and financial planning teams will all ensure that you and your assets migrate to the UK in the most efficient way.
The UK has always been popular for investors and entrepreneurs
The UK has long been an attractor of long-term foreign direct investment. A stable economic, political and social environment has helped the UK position itself at the centre of most of the world’s trade.
With a Tier 1 visa, you and your family can move to this dynamic country and begin furthering your business and residency ambitions.
UK immigration for investors has never been easier
In the current climate, the UK is keener than ever to attract new entrepreneurs and investors. We are perfectly positioned to help you get your money to the UK and secure a second residency, and eventually nationality, for you and your family.
The UK Tier 1 (Investor) visa
The Tier 1 (Investor) visa provides a relatively easy, if somewhat expensive, route to UK residency. It allows high-net-worth individuals from outside the European Economic Area (and Switzerland) to invest a large sum of money into the UK.
Invest in the UK, gain residency
For years the UK has been a place where investors have been happy to store their funds. The British Pound has been an excellent store of value over the long-term.
You can apply for the UK Investor visa if you:
- Can invest £2 million or more in the UK in government bonds or share capital of active and trading UK companies
- Are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- Are over the age of 18
- Have a UK bank account
- Have funds which are available to invest in the UK and held in a regulated financial institution
Bespoke investment solutions
We can tailor an investment package to your specific requirements depending on your risk appetite and long term-goals.
While low-, medium- and higher-risk options are available to all investors, our independent financial advisors will try to ensure that long-term goals are put in place.
We understand that wealth is not built through high-risk, short-term investments, but rather through conscientious studying of long-term trends and the active management of risk. This ethos carries through into any investment you make as part of the Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme.
Visa duration and permanent UK residency
Once you have successfully invested your funds, you will be granted a visa that allows you to work and live in the UK for three years and four months. This visa can be extended for another two years if you meet certain criteria.
Once you’ve lived in the UK for five years on this visa, you will be eligible for permanent residency, also called indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
After holding ILR for 12 months, you can apply to be naturalised as a British citizen. Once you are a citizen you may apply for a British passport.
Investor visa requirements
You’ll need to invest at least £2,000,000 in any of the above-mentioned schemes. You may invest more if you wish.
Extensions and indefinite leave to remain
As a Tier 1 investor, you can stay in the UK for three years and four months on a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. If you wish to extend your visa, and you meet the requirements, you can do so for a further two years.
You can reduce the time it takes to settle in the UK by increasing your investment amount. Investments of £5 million and £10 million will enable you to apply to settle after three and two years respectively.
Time spent under this visa class counts towards qualifying for residency in the UK, leading to indefinite leave to remain.
There are certain professions that you may not pursue as well as some companies you may not invest in if you wish to secure a UK investor visa.
You cannot work as a professional sports coach or sportsperson. You may not invest funds in companies involved in property investment, property management or property development.
As with all Tier 1 visas, you will not be able to access public funds.
Expand your business into the UK
If you’re a business owner and you’d like to expand your operation internationally, now is the perfect time to invest in the UK. Our team of accountants can help you set up a UK branch or subsidiary, while our nationality team helps to relocate both you and your business.
Helping foreign business in the UK since 1995
Our accounting division specialises in UK business immigration. As a firm that was founded by a South African who moved to the UK in 1995, we know what it takes to relocate and start up an operation in the UK.
We offer a range of services to foreign businesses in the UK, including:
- UK business registration and provision of a registered office
- UK bank account setup
- Payroll, VAT and Corporation Tax registration
- Immigration advice and solutions, including Tier 1 visa and Tier 2 visa applications
- Accounting services and tax advice
- Facilitating international money transfers
- Advice on working regulations and legal structures in the UK
- UK company secretarial services
Helping you grow with your business
Our goal is to provide you with all the help you need so that you can focus on driving your business forward while we take care of the admin. The services we offer are especially beneficial to business owners who are looking to relocate themselves, their businesses and possibly their family.
Get in touch with our experienced advisors below and they’ll set up a free consultation for you.
UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa: No longer available
You can no longer apply for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. As of 2019, it has been replaced by the Innovator visa or Start-up visa.
You must meet either of following criteria to apply for an Entrepreneur visa:
- You have access to at least £50,000 in investment funds, which are:
- Held in one or more regulated financial institutions
- Free to spend (“disposable”) on business in the UK
- You have access to £200,000 investment funds and can prove that the money is either:
- Your own
- Made available to you by a third party, for example, husband, wife, partner or investor
- Held in a joint account with your spouse or partner, but only if they aren’t applying for the same visa
In addition to having access to investment funds, you must be at least 16 years old, capable of supporting yourself during your stay in the UK and meet the English language requirements.
This visa falls under UKVI’s points-based applications; you must score at least 95 points on their calculator to be eligible.
Successful applicants are able to bring a partner, children under 18 or children over the age of 18 if they are already in the UK as dependants.
All successful applicants and associated dependants must pay a “health surcharge” to access the National Health Service (NHS). This is currently £200 for all applicants except students, who pay £150 per year.
Length of stay on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
You can stay in the UK for a maximum of three years and four months on this visa. If the relevant requirements are met, it can be extended for a further two years. If you currently hold another visa type and intend to switch to this visa, you are able to extend it for three years.
Once you have legally lived in the UK for five years, you are able to apply for permanent settlement, also known as indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
Invest in the UK and gain residency for you and your family
We have been helping people with visa and nationality applications for over 20 years. Our experienced team understands the complex immigration and financial regulations that need to be met in order to qualify for this visa.
Our service ensures that your application has the greatest chance of success, letting you focus on the more important aspects of building a business in the UK.