Tier 1 Investor Visa
The Tier 1 Investment visa enables wealthy migrants to come to the UK on the basis of intending to make a substantial investment of between £2m and £10m into UK companies, either by share capital or loan capital. Applicants may be able to apply from outside the UK or, in some cases, from within the UK and their close family members can apply with them.
Applicants must show that they hold sufficient funds, fully under their control.
If the application is successful the initial visa is granted for three years. Applicants who invest £5m or £10m may, if they can show that they have made the investment correctly, be able to acquire indefinite leave to remain in, respectively, just three years or two years. Those who invest £2m may be able to acquire indefinite leave to remain in five years.
Tier 1 Investor visa holders are allowed to work if they want to do, either in employment or self-employment.
There is no English language requirement, but there is an English language requirement for indefinite leave to remain applications.