Case Study: Legal Representations Ensure Speedy Tier 1 Investor Visa Application

Our London immigration lawyers were instructed on an urgent entry clearance Tier 1 Investor visa application. The client was a non-EEA national from North America who wanted to make a substantial financial investment in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant. Our client regularly visited and had a long history of association with the UK. As a result of our immigration lawyers’ legal representations and careful preparation of our client’s application and supporting documents, he was granted entry to the UK within two weeks of us submitting his application.

Submitting a Successful UK Investor Visa Application

Our UK immigration solicitors worked closely with the client in order to ensure that he met the Immigration Rules and submitted an appropriate bundle of documents. We were able to show that the client had money of his own, which was under his own control, held in a regulated financial institution and disposable in the UK amounting to no less than £1 million. Our client’s funds were held at various institutions around the world, some of which were held using complex financial instruments. However, our City of London immigration lawyers were able to demonstrate to the Entry Clearance Officer that our client met the relevant Immigration Rules and guidance by producing lengthy and persuasive legal representations.

Our client also had substantial ties to the UK, including being a student and obtaining a degree and owning a property in the UK. Our immigration lawyers prepared our client’s application with the requisite supporting documents and submitted detailed representations in support of the application. Our meticulous preparation of the application and detailed representations ensured that our client was successfully granted leave to enter the UK as a Tier 1 Investor within two weeks of us submitting his application.

[It should be noted that the Tier 1 Investor visa application were submitted before changes in the Immigration Rules were implemented on 6 November 2014.]

Changes to Tier 1 Investor Visa Route

As we reported on 17 October 2014, Tier 1 Investor visa applications made from now have to meet a different requirement as per the statement of changes in the Immigration Rules published on 16 October 2014. The following main changes to the Tier 1 Investor visa route are:

  • You must have a minimum of £2 million to invest in the UK. The money must be your own and must be held in a regulated UK financial institution. The money must also be disposable in the UK;
  • You must invest the full amount in prescribed forms such as share or loan capital in active and trading UK companies, or UK Government bonds.

Making a UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Application

The changes have now been implemented and will only apply to Tier 1 Investor applications made on or after the 6 November 2014. Applicants who currently hold this a Tier 1 Investor visa, need not worry as they will only need to invest £1m but will remain subject to the current rules including the “topping up rule” and the 75:25 split.

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a Tier 1 Investor visa application (and applications for your dependents) step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.

Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.

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