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UK tier 1 investor visa

The UK Tier 1 (Investor) Visa

The UK Home Office has implemented a points-based system whereby high net worth individuals from outside the EU and Switzerland who make a substantial financial investment in the UK may be considered for a Tier 1 Investor Visa.

The Tier 1 Investor Visa category stipulates that if an eligible investor makes a minimum investment of £2 million into UK corporate bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies over a continuous 5 year period, then they may potentially obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK for themselves and their family members (dependents) and subsequently apply for British citizenship.

An application for an accelerated settlement can be made after 2 years, if the applicant has increased their investment to £10 million, or after 3 years if the investment has been increased to £5 million.

Investors from all over the world use this route for many different reasons: relocating and settling with their family, access to excellent private schools, a strong housing market, or just the cultural and business opportunities that the UK can offer.

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Tier 1 (Investor) Investment Management Service

To qualify for a Tier 1 Investor visa, applicants must be able to demonstrate that:

  • They intend to invest at least £2 million in share capital or loan capital in UK companies

  • The investment funds belong to them or their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and they have opened an account with a UK regulated bank or UK regulated financial institution

  • If you have not held the funds for 2 years consecutively before the date of the application, clients must also provide evidence of the source of funds

We are not tied to any products or companies. Our aim is to ensure your investment proposal is completely individual to you.

Through our partners and associates we can offer a Tier 1 (Investor) Investment Management Service individually tailored to each client, fulfilling all the suitable criteria. Our team are experts in risk and investment management with years of experience behind them from Top Tier firms with strong links to London based immigration solicitors and accountants. 

With our market expertise we can help navigate clients through the complicated application process all the way through to settlement in the UK, whilst ensuring investments are always compliant with the UK Home Office.

From our initial consultation we look to understand our clients’ circumstances and aspirations before tailoring a portfolio to meet their specific objectives and risk profile, with the aim to keep downside risk to a minimum whilst ensuring the portfolio remains within the permitted criteria.

Not only will we provide clients with a suitable portfolio that complies with their Tier 1 (Investor) Visa criteria, but we aim to add value with well-researched investment opportunities. We offer a transparent fee structure with no hidden charges or extra costs.

Please note that the Tier 1 Visa investment criteria is subject to change and we advise clients to use this link enclosed for the latest requirements and to consult with their immigration solicitor.

Cypriot Citizenship

Cyprus has been a member of the EU since 2004 and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with 320 days of sunshine a year. It is located on the crossroads of three major transport routes between Europe, Asia and Africa and has a rich, millennia old history. In 2018 it was ranked the 5th best relocation destination in the world.

The Cyprus Citizenship Program, part of the Cyprus Investment Program (CIP), can provide one of the fastest routes to citizenship in Europe, taking six months from the date of application. The programme is available to the whole family including the spouse, children up to the age of 28 and parents of the main applicant.

Citizenship allows visa free access to over 160 countries including all EU countries and Canada and freedom to live, work and study within the 28 countries of the EU, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

The application process does not require an interview or medical check and there are no language requirements. Cyprus does not require applicants to live on the island prior to, during or after the application process but a visit is required to provide biometric data.

The CIP is among the top 10 best investment programs in the world and was designed for high net-worth individuals looking to obtain Cypriot citizenship.

In order to apply, the following conditions are required:

A minimum investment of €2 million in real estate in Cyprus or €2.5 million in a combination of real estate and other investment options.

A contribution of €75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation for the purpose of providing affordable housing schemes plus an investment of €75,000 into a Cypriot certified innovative enterprise or a donation of €75,000 to the Research and Innovation Foundation in Cyprus.

Individuals who satisfy the good standing criteria set by the Cypriot government receive a Cypriot passport within approximately six months. After five years the investor can reduce their investment to €500,000 (by selling properties or liquidating investment) and simply own a residential property or properties in Cyprus to the value of €500,000.

The programme is available to the parents of the main applicant by making an additional investment of €500,000 in residential property.

Benefits include the following:

  • Cyprus has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and a high standard of living despite low costs of living.

  • The Cypriot corporate tax rate is 12.5%.

  • New citizens can enjoy zero taxation on worldwide dividends, royalty and interest income for a period of 17 years. There is no tax on proceeds from the sale of securities for life.

  • It is possible to become tax resident in Cyprus by spending 60 days on the island in a tax year, provided certain conditions are met.

  • Cyprus keeps the names of its new citizens confidential.

  • Dual citizenship is permitted.

  • Citizenship is passed to future generations by descent.

In addition to assisting any application process, we can also assist with property sourcing and investment opportunities.

Greece

Greek Residency leading to Citizenship

The Greek Golden Visa requires a minimum investment of €250,000 in real estate assets, which is the lowest investment level among all real estate residency visa schemes in Europe. The investment may consist of more than one property, residential or commercial. There is no minimum stay requirement in order to obtain the five year Residence Permit.

The Residence Permits (RP) are automatically renewed every five years, provided that the ownership of the assets is maintained. The holders of the Golden Visa may apply for Greek Citizenship and a European Passport after seven years of lawful residency. There is no requirement to become a tax resident and property tax is low at 0.2%.

The application covers three generations (investor and spouse, parents of both the investor and his/her spouse and any children up to the age of 21). There is no minimum stay requirement for applicants to retain or renew the residence permits.

Greece is a member of the Schengen Zone, so the holders of the Greek Golden Visa enjoy the privilege of free movement within the Schengen Zone, without any requirement for further visa applications. The stay in those countries cannot exceed 90 days in each six month period and the RP holders have access to health or education services, just like any European citizen.

The following conditions must be met to receive a residence permit:

  • The real estate properties must be owned by and be in possession of its owners.

  • In cases of joint ownership, where the value of the property is €250,000, the residence permit is only granted if the owners are spouses with undivided ownership of the property. In all other cases of joint ownership, the residence permit is only granted if each of the joint owners has invested a minimum amount of €250,000 (i.e. two investors are required to purchase a property of a minimum value of €500,000).

  • If the owner has acquired the property through a legal entity, the applicant must own 100% of the company.

Legal/government fees total about €23,000 when purchasing a property in the range €250,000 - 280,000.

Ireland

Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)

Ireland will soon be the only English-speaking country in the EU. It is one of the most open economies in the world, with a corporate tax rate of 12.5% and a history of successful investments under the IIP scheme.

Under the IIP scheme, non-EU nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland can acquire residency status in Ireland. The applicant can apply for residency for themselves as well as their spouse/civil partner and dependent children.

The basic eligibility requirements are:

  • Investors must be of good character and not have been convicted of criminal offences in any jurisdiction.

  • Investors must have a minimum net worth of €2 million.

  • The applicant and their family members need only spend 1 day per calendar year in Ireland to maintain and renew their residency. Full time residency is not a requirement.

There are four different investment options under the scheme:

  1. Enterprise investment: minimum €1 million investment in a single Irish enterprise or spread over a number of enterprises for a minimum of 3 years.

  2. Investment fund: minimum €1 million investment in an Approved Investment Fund for a minimum of 3 years.

  3. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT): minimum €2 million investment in any Irish REIT that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

  4. Endowment: minimum €500,000 endowment in a project of public benefit in the arts, sports, health, cultural or educational field. Investors will receive no financial return on the endowment. Where a group of five or more investors wish to combine their endowments to contribute to a project, a minimum of €400,000 per investor will qualify.

Canadian Residency

The applicant and his immediate family can obtain Canadian PR by investing CAD $1,200,000 for five years with the government of Canada. Financing options are also available.

Requirements:

  • Applicant must intend to reside in Quebec.

  • Minimum net worth: CAD $2 million, legally obtained.

  • Two years of suitable management or business experience within the five years preceding the application.

  • Investment: CAD $1,200,000 for 5 years, Government guaranteed, 0% interest, or financing options are available.

  • Medical examination and security background check.

Start-up Visa Program

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • Have an innovative business idea

  • Can create jobs for Canadians

  • Can compete on a global scale

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

  • Have a qualifying business

  • Get a letter of support from a designated organization in Canada

  • Meet the language requirements

  • Bring enough money to settle

Intercompany Transferee

The intra-company category permits international companies to transfer qualified employees to Canada for the purpose of improving management effectiveness, expanding Canadian exports, and enhancing competitiveness in overseas markets.

The Canadian and foreign enterprises must be legal entities that have a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate business relationship. Both the Canadian and foreign companies must be, or will be doing business.

Immigrate as a Provincial Nominee (PNP)

This program is for workers who:

  • Have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory

  • Want to live in that province

  • Want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory has its own eligibility criteria and requirements.

To learn more, please contact us