The Tier 1 (Investor) category is for high-net-worth individuals who want to make a substantial financial investment in the UK.

You do not need a job offer to apply in this category. The UKBA will assess your application based on your ability to invest £1,000,000 in the UK.

Applicants will not need to meet the separate English language requirement that applies to most other applicants under the points based system. This is because, while they are allowed to work in the United Kingdom if they wish to, they should not need to work.

Applicants will not need to meet the separate requirement for maintenance (funds) that applies to most other applicants under the points based system. This is because they will have met the attributes (main requirements) for this category and shown their ability to support themselves in the United Kingdom without needing help from public funds.

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  • Tier 1 Investor - FAQs
  • 1. What is Tier 1 Investor visa category?

    Tier 1 (Investor) is part of our points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. The Tier 1 (Investor) category is for high-net-worth individuals who want to make a substantial financial investment in the UK. You do not need a job offer to apply in this category. The UKBA will assess your application based on your ability to invest £1,000,000 in the UK.
  • 2. How can I challenge the refusal of my Tier 1 investory visa application?

    If you applied from inside the UK and your application for TIer 1 investor visa has been refused by the Home Office, you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 10 working days of the receipt of the refusla letter if you have been given a right of appeal. If you have not been given a right of appeal, you can challenge the refusal of your applicaiton by way of Judicial Review in High Court. If you applied for Tier 1 Investor visa from outside the UK and your entry clearance application as a Tier 1 investor has been refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), you can file an Administrative Review with the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) within 28 days of the date of receipt of the refusal letter.