The Immigration Rules Continue To Tighten – A Reminder For Tier 1 Investors Who Currently Have £1 Million Invested In The UK

14 Nov 2019, 32 mins ago

On 6 November 2014 the Home Office raised the minimum amount that Tier 1 (Investor) Migrants had to invest in the UK from £1 million to £2 million.

Those who had already entered the UK in that category and invested £1 million under the rules in place prior to 6 November 2014 were not required to increase the level of their investment and were able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (“ILR”), provided they met the relevant requirements and maintained their investment for the required period. Alternatively, £1 million investors were able to keep extending their leave every two years.

Following the changes to the Immigration Rules made by the Home Office on 29 March 2019, Tier 1 (Investor) Migrants who hold leave under the rules in place prior to 6 November 2014 may apply to extend their leave by 6 April 2020 or apply for ILR by 6 April 2022 at the latest. If they do not do so, they will be required to increase the level of their investments to £2 million.

In addition to the changes in the level of qualifying investments, Investor migrants granted leave under the rules in place after 29 March 2019 are also required to invest only by way of share or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies. By contrast, Investor migrants who had been granted leave under the rules in place prior to March 2019 were able to invest in government bonds. These Investor migrants may apply for an extension by 6 April 2023, or for ILR by 6 April 2025, by relying on investments in government bonds. If these deadlines are not met, the Investor migrant will be required to transfer their investment into the qualifying investments mentioned above.

The above requirements on investments are complex and it is therefore strongly advisable for any Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant who may be affected by these changes to seek legal advice.

Gherson have extensive experience in all aspects of UK immigration regulations relating to Tier 1 (Investor) applications. If you would like any further information or have any queries with respect to your own circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Sasha Lal 

  Sasha Lal

  Consultant, Trainee Solicitor and joint head of our Corporate team