The UK has been issuing Investor Visa (Tier 1) since 2008. To obtain it, an investor buys shares in British companies. The minimum amount of investment is £2 million.
An application is to be submitted no earlier than 3 months before the expected entry date. The applicant must have an amount not less than £2 million. Also, the investor opens an account in a British bank, where he transfers the money to invest.
An investor has the right to register a company in the UK and invest in its development. This is an opportunity to do business internationally, gain access to UK financial institutions and gain more confidence in the business environment.
An investor visa is issued for 3 years and 4 months. As long as it is valid, the investor and his family members can live, work, do business, and study in the country on a par with citizens and residents of Great Britain.
With a British passport, it is not necessary to obtain a visa, including to the USA and EU countries.
Schools and universities in the UK are considered some of the best in the world. With an investor visa, a child can enter any educational institution in the country. There is no need to obtain a separate student visa.
Investors who have lived in the country for at least 5 years are allowed to apply for British citizenship. Of these 12 months – on the basis of permanent residency, which can be obtained in 2 years after the investor visa.
over 18 years of age
Without a criminal record or criminal conviction
Not refused visas in countries that have visa-free travel with the UK
able to prove legal income
Have £2 million or more in personal possession, which can be freely disposed of in the UK
With a UK bank account
or registered partner, including same-sex unions
or adult children who are already dependent on the investor in the UK
Legislation of Great Britain provides for 3 investment options for obtaining an investor visa. They differ in the minimum amount of investment, which determines the period of application for permanent residence and citizenship.
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You must apply for the Investor Visa no earlier than 3 months before your intended date of travel. For example: if you are going to enter the UK on June 15, you can apply for a visa from March 16.
The investor must have at least £2 million in his account for at least 3 months before applying for the Investor Visa.
Due Diligence is a key step in obtaining an investor visa, permanent residency and British citizenship. Its results determine whether the UK Home Office will approve the investor’s application. Therefore, a certified anti-money-laundering officer of Immigrant Invest examines investor documents and warns of possible risks.
Immigrant Invest is the only company with its own compliance department. We confidentially check the applicant through international legal and business information databases.
If questions arise in the process of verification, due to which the investor’s application may be rejected, we offer other residence permit or citizenship for investment programs.
Immigrant Invest international and economic lawyers collect documents for the Investor Visa application. Necessary documents are also translated into English, apostilled, and notarized. An Immigrant Invest attorney helps you fill out the visa application form.
Application and documents are submitted to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office or visa center where the investor resides.
It takes about 3 weeks to review the application if the documents are submitted outside of the UK. If the investor submits the application to the Home Office in the UK, it takes up to 8 weeks to process.
Investor Visa is issued for 3 years and 4 months. After that, the visa can be extended for another 2 years or apply for permanent residency.
You can apply for permanent residency in the UK after obtaining Investor Visa:
Permanent residency is granted to investors who fulfill the conditions for residency and integration into British society. Namely:
Investors pay a fee of £2,389 for each applicant when applying for permanent residency.
Permanent Residence Permit in the UK under the standard procedure takes about 6 months. But you can use an expedited procedure in which the application is considered in 2 or 5 working days.
An investor is entitled to apply for British citizenship after:
The British passport is obtained by investors who permanently lived in the country for more than 5 years. Of these, 12 months – on the basis of permanent residence.
Spend outside the UK allowed no more than 450 days over the 5 years and no more than 90 days in the year before applying for citizenship.
It takes about six months to obtain British citizenship.
Our clients trust the experts at Immigrant Invest to solve all kinds of problems related to relocation and doing business in another country. Let us tell you how we can be of help.
Prepare all necessary documents and fill out forms
Provided that you stay in the UK for 183 days or more per year
Collect documents and apply to the Home Office
Apply electronically for a tax registration number
In 1 working day and in-person
We help you arrange documents for the child who was born in your family after receiving Investor Visa
Schedule a meeting in one of the offices or online. A lawyer will analyze the situation, calculate the cost and help you find a solution based on your goals.
Yes. Sell shares in a British company or the entire business is allowed after 5-6 years. It is important to keep the investment to be able to extend the visa, and then get permanent residency and citizenship.
All applicants over the age of 18 must provide a certificate of criminal record and undergo Due Diligence.
No one can guarantee you a visa, permanent residency, or British citizenship. Moreover, if the company claims that the guarantee is 100%, you are probably facing fraud.
The decision to issue a visa, permanent residency, and citizenship are made by the UK government authorities. This is preceded by a thorough background check on applicants, compliance with conditions, and the legality of the investment’s income.
To determine your chances of obtaining citizenship, Immigrant Invest conducts internal due diligence. This is the first step in the process – even before signing a contract with the client. The lawyers also prepare the package of documents in such a way as to minimize the likelihood of rejection.
To get an Investor Visa (Tier 1), you need an amount of £2 million or more. It is an investment for the purchase of a share in a British company or a local business in its entirety.
Corporate income tax in the UK is levied at a rate of 19%. However, capital gains are also taxed.
The rate of value-added tax is 20%. But if the annual turnover of the company exceeds £82,000 on transactions subject to VAT, the company needs special registration with the UK tax authorities.
There is also a double taxation agreement between Russia and the UK. We have gathered all the information on business taxes in the UK.
If the investor plans to extend the visa or obtain permanent residency and British citizenship in the future, the investor has the following obligations:
Once an investor receives a permanent residence permit or British citizenship, he or she also has obligations to the Russian state. The law requires that an investor inform the Ministry of Internal Affairs of his or her residence permit or second citizenship.