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24 February 2022

Alternatives to the Tier 1 Investor Visa

The so-called ‘Golden Visa’ has gone. Here’s what’s left for potential investors who want to move to the UK.
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The Tier 1 Investor Visa (otherwise known as a Golden Visa) was disbanded by the UK Government in February 2022. Its disbandment was in response to the increased risk of the scheme inviting illicit money into the UK’s economy. You can read more about the scheme’s closure here.

While the closure of the Tier 1 Investor Visa will help to protect the UK’s economy from being exploited, it means there are now fewer options for people who are looking to invest in the UK. However, if you are interested in investing in the UK and living in the country, there are several options that replaced the Tier 1 Investor Visa. These visa routes are listed below:

You can click on each of the visas listed to find out more, or find a brief summary of each of them below.

Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker Visa is the main visa route for foreign workers to live and work in the UK. To qualify, you must meet wage and skill-level requirements.

Innovator Visa

The Innovator Visa category is for experienced businesspeople who intend to set up or run a business in the UK. You will need to have at least £50,000 in funds, an innovative and viable business idea, and an endorsement from an eligible endorsing body.

Start-up Visa

The UK Start-up Visa route enables entrepreneurs to set up an innovative first business in the United Kingdom. Current guidance requires you to have at least £1270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply. This visa also requires an endorsement, which can be tricky. However, we can assist you with endorsing bodies and can help you in obtaining an endorsement. 

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