INVESTOR VISA UK
Apply outside the UK: You must apply online before you travel to the UK. As part of your online application, you need to book an appointment at a visa application centre. You will have your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) taken at your appointment.
Apply in the UK: you may be able to apply from inside the UK to extend your existing Tier 1 (Investor) visa, or switch to this visa from another visa.
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. Once you have applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you will usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
You may become eligible to apply to settle permanently in the UK:
- after two years if you invest £10 million
- after three years if you invest £5 million
- after five years if you invest £2 million.
Any dependent family members that you bring with you must wait five years before they are eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
You may be able to switch to this visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you are already in the UK under one of the following visas:
- Tier 1 (General)
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
- Any Tier 2 category (including the new Skilled Worker Visa and Inter-company Visa)