UK Business Visa – Tier 1 (Investor)

1. Overview

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if:

You must have access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply.

How long it will take

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

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.


How much you pay for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.

Who you’re applying for Apply Extend or switch by post
You £1,530 £1,530
All dependants £1,530 for each dependant £1,530 for each dependant

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.

Fees for applying and extending in person

You can use the super premium service to apply or extend in person.

It costs a one-off fee of £8,750, plus application fees for each person of:

  • £2,030 for the ‘main applicant’
  • £2,030 for each dependant

You can use this service for up to 4 ‘main applicants’ and a maximum of 10 people per visit. ‘Main applicants’ are the people with access to the investment funds.

How long you can stay

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.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • Invest £2,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
  • Work or study
  • Apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £10 million
  • Apply to settle after 3 years if you invest £5 million

You can’t:

  • Invest in companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development
  • Work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • Get public funds

You also can’t work as a doctor or dentist in training unless one of the following applies:

  • You have a primary degree at bachelors level or above in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution that holds a Tier 4 sponsor license or is a UK recognised or listed body
  • You worked as a doctor or dentist in training the last time you were in the UK
  • Neither of those conditions were part of the terms and conditions on a previous visa

3. Eligibility

You must have at least £2,000,000 investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

You must:

  • Be 18 or over to apply for this visa
  • Be able to prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband or wife
  • Have opened a UK bank account

Your funds must be:

  • Held in one or more regulated financial institutions
  • Free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK

Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.

4. Documents You Must Provide

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

Evidence of investment funds

You’ll need to provide evidence showing that you have the required investment funds.

Your own money

If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:

  • how much money you have and where it’s being held
  • where the money came from if you haven’t had the money for at least 3 months, eg you inherited it from a relative
  • that the money can be transferred to the UK and converted to sterling (if it’s not already in the UK)

Your partner’s money

You’ll need to provide:

  • a certificate of marriage or civil partnership, proof that you are in a long-term relationship (at least 2 years)
  • a statement from your partner confirming that they will allow you to control the funds in the UK
  • a letter from a legal adviser stating that the declaration is valid

You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.

Read the guide for a full list of documents you can provide.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.