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The United Kingdom started offering an immigration route for foreign investors in 1994. In 2008, they introduced a new points-based system that established Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur routes. In 2014, the UK saw record numbers of investor applicants.
Immigration rules for non-EEA citizens planning to come to the UK under these visas have been changing over the years, increasing some requirements and slackening others. Both routes lead to settlement (permanent residence) and eventually to citizenship by naturalisation. Let’s see what to do to get a British passport.
Though at a first glance an investor visa looks more appealing and easier to get, it might not be what you are looking for and the required investment is significantly higher.
Great Britain is a well-advanced economy and high-income country. It offers the following advantages to foreign investors and businessmen:
Apart from a required investment, the main applicant and dependants must also comply with the following criteria:
Two routes are available leading to citizenship.
To qualify for settlement and citizenship, one of the following amounts must be invested in UK government bonds or capital of UK-based companies, irrespective of the number of dependants:
Additional fees and charges must be paid.
You can apply from within the UK, when switching from another allowed category, or outside the country. Initial visa is granted for 3 years four months subject to extension.
To get visa of this category, you have to set up a business in the UK, become director there and run it till you can apply for settlement.
Minimum investment requirement depends on the source of funding:
Other fees and charges apply.
Applications can be made both in and outside the United Kingdom. First visa is given for 3 years four months subject to extension.
You can apply for settlement in 5 or 3 years. Accelerated procedure is available to entrepreneurs whose business turnover in the first three years has exceeded £5M or 10 settled workers have been employed full-time.
You and your dependants can make naturalisation applications within the following timeframes:
Apart from complying with the English language criteria and passing the Life in the UK test, you must:
Settle in as little as two years and get naturalised in five.
Step 1: Book an appointment with our specialists and sign a client agreement.
Step 2: Apply for Investor or Entrepreneur visa.
Step 3: Extend your visa or apply for settlement.
Step 4: Apply for citizenship.
Step 5: Get your British passport.
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