The Tier 1 Investor visa is a popular visa route for overseas nationals who aim to invest in the UK. The UK is currently one of the leading business locations for Tier 1 Investors with new and exciting opportunities being introduced frequently. In order to apply for the well sought Tier 1 Investor visa, Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have at least 2 million pounds to invest in the UK. However, Tier 1 Investors with a particular skill set may be able to apply under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Route.
Eligibility – Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application
The Tier 1 Investor Visa application can be difficult especially as Applicants are required to invest a minimum of £2 million pounds sterling in the UK. There is an alternative for Tier 1 Investors; Applicants may be able to apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route if they can demonstrate that they have a particular skill set which has been internationally recognised by a Designated Competent Body. The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa consists of two stages. Firstly Applicants are required to demonstrate that their talent has been endorsed and secondly applying for the Visa itself. Applicants can apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa if they can show that they have an exceptional talent in the following fields:
- Digital Technology; or
Benefits of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application
Initially, successful Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Applications will be granted for 5 years and 4 months (entry clearance route). Applicants can then extend their Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa for another 5 years or alternatively apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa application has numerous benefits, Applicants are allowed to work in the UK for an employer or as a director of a company or be self-employed. In addition to this, Applicants can potentially settle in the UK without having to invest a significant amount of capital.
Eligibility – Tier 1 Investor Visa Application
The Tier 1 Investor visa allows overseas nationals to come to the UK for the purpose of investment, financial prosperity as well the option of relocating to the UK permanently. The Investment market in the UK is one of the leading markets around the world with investments being made from China, Russia, Turkey, Qatar, UAE (all countries across the Gulf), and the United States amongst other countries. Tier 1 Investor visa Applicants are required to invest a minimum of 2 million pounds in the UK. The funds in question must be available to the Applicant in the UK and ownership of funds must also be demonstrated.
Benefits of the Tier 1 Investor Visa Application
Initially, successful Tier 1 Investor Visa applications will be granted for 3 years and 4 months and can be extended for another 2 years if Applicants can demonstrate that they have invested a minimum of £2 million pounds sterling in the UK. However, applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain may be fast tracked depending on the level of investment. Please see below for more details of investment amount required for fast tracked settlement in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor Visa route:
- Investment of £2 million pounds sterling = eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years;
- Investment of £5 million pounds sterling = eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 3 years; and
- Investment of £10 million pounds sterling = eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 2 years.
Applicants can make their investment in the UK by investing in government/private bonds, share/loan capital in existing trading companies.
Using Legal Representation to Submit a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the UK Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa 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 Exceptional Talent Visa 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 Exceptional Talent Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices 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 successful immigration applications. 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 a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application.
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