Over the years, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become an ideal visa option for high net worth individuals who wish to make a substantial financial investment in the United Kingdom. The biggest problem for Tier 1 Investor migrants is securing their Tier 1 Investor extension visa. The initial entry clearance or switch application into Tier 1 Investor leave is relatively straightforward. There is no maintenance or English language requirement. However, the process of applying for a Tier 1 Investor extension visa is more complicated and longwinded as the Home Office expect to see that an investment has been made in an accepted format as per their Immigration Rules and internal Policy Guidance.
What are the requirements for a Tier 1 Investor extension visa application?
If you were granted your Tier 1 Investor visa leave after 6 November 2014 the following conditions must be met for you to get your Tier 1 investor visa extension. The primary requirement is that you must be able to show that you have invested not less than £2 million in the UK by way of UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.
You should have invested the £2 million within 3 months of your entry to the UK if you were granted entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor and there is evidence to establish your date of entry to the UK. If there was a delay in the investment due to exceptionally compelling reasons for the delay in investing you can ask the Home Office to exercise some discretion. Alternatively, where the investment was made prior to the first grant of leave as a Tier 1 Investor, no earlier than 12 months before the date of the application which led to the first grant of leave as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant, and, in each case, the level of investment has at least been maintained for the whole of the remaining period of that leave
How we can assist with wealth management and investment portfolios for the Tier 1 Investor extension visa
Whilst we are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide financial advice we work with a number of wealth management companies who are authorised to advise on wealth management and investment portfolios. Our affiliated partners are qualified to advise you on the broad range of financial investment products and achieve the best investment solutions for you for your Tier 1 Investor extension visa application. You can instruct one of our affiliated financial advisors to successfully assist you with the appropriate Investment Vehicle for your application.
What’s next after the Tier 1 Investor extension visa application?
Tier 1 Investors can apply for settlement also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom after 5 years of continuous leave under the Tier 1 Investor visa route. It is important to note Applicants cannot combine leave under different categories when applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Tier 1 Investor visa route. Tier 1 Investor Visa Applicants are also eligible for Accelerated Settlement under the 2 years Investment Route or 3 years Investment Route. To be eligible to settle under the 2 years Investment Route, the Applicant would have to show that they have invested the sum of no less than £10 million over the 2 year period. Alternatively, to be eligible to settle under the 3 years Investment Route, the Applicant would have to show that they have invested the sum of no less than £5 million over the 3 year period.
Using Legal Representation to submit a successful Tier 1 Investor extension application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Tier 1 Investor extension visa application. Our Solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject visa applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 1 Investor extension application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully submit a Tier 1 Investor extension application
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a Tier 1 investor extension visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of an application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful Tier 1 investor extension visa application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss your immigration matter or application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.