INVESTOR VISA USA
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You must have access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply.
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
Example You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country
You must pay £1,623 to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. The fee is the same if you’re extending or switching visas, or if you’re applying as a family member.
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.
If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK you can pay an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.
You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.
You can apply to extend this visa for another 2 years.
You also cannot work as a doctor or dentist in training unless one of the following applies:
You must have at least £2,000,000 investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.
Your funds must be:
Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply
You may be able to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if you’re already in the UK and you’re a Tier 4 (General) visa holder.
You must have unconditional agreement in writing from your financial sponsor to re-enter or stay in the UK if your course fees and living costs were paid by either:
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
You need a blank page in your passport for your visa.
You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
You’ll need to provide evidence showing that you have the required investment funds.
If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:
You’ll need to provide
You must provide a letter to prove you have an account at a UK regulated bank to use for your investment funds. The letter must:
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
You must apply online for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application.
You must collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).
You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.
You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.
To apply from North Korea you must:
Check if you can apply from inside the UK to:
You may be able to extend your Tier 1 (Investor) visa.
You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.
You should apply before your current visa expires. Read the full guidance on the Tier 1 (Investor) visa before you apply.
You can apply to extend your visa if you:
This sum should include the £750,000 (or more) investment and £250,000 (or the balance needed) to bring it up to at least £1,000,000.
These funds can be either:
You cannot mix the 2 sources of funds.
You can apply to extend your visa if you:
If you successfully applied before 29 March 2019, you can also apply to extend if you invested your funds in UK government bonds.
You must have invested the full amount made up of your own money or your partner’s money.
You’ll need to provide a series of investment portfolio reports produced by a UK regulated financial institution that show:
Your ‘investor start date’ is either:
For each person, you’ll need to pay:
If you want to get a decision more quickly than the standard 8 weeks, you can pay an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.
When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).
You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:
upload them into the online service
have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
A decision will usually be made:
You’ll be contacted if your application is complicated and will take longer, for example because:
Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.
Your family members (‘dependants’) can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa. They must have a visa if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:
Read the guidance on dependant applications vbefore you apply. Adult family members must provide a criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
Your family members must apply online. They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of their application. They’ll have to collect their biometric residence permit 10 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK (even if they actually arrive at a later date).
They may be able to get their visa faster or other services depending on what country they’re in - check with the visa application centre.
Your family members cannot apply online if they’re applying from North Korea.
Each family member will need to make their own application. They must:
You can include dependants in your online application to extend or switch to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if they want to do it at the same time as you.
If they want to extend or switch their visa at a different time, they can:
Family members cannot apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.
When they apply, they’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide their biometric information (their fingerprints and a photo).
They’ll also need to submit their supporting documents. They can:
A decision will be made within 8 weeks of their application date if they use the standard service
If they pay an extra £800 to use the super priority service a decision will be made:
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
They’ll be contacted if their application is complex and will take longer, for example:
Once they’ve applied they can stay in the UK until they’ve been given a decision, as long as they applied before their last visa expired.
If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply for permission for them to stay.
You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them.
When you apply, you need a full UK birth certificate for each child showing the names of both parents.