Tier 1 (Investor)

Individual investment in the UK

Tier 1 (Investor) is for high net worth individuals who wish to invest in the UK.  There is a required investment amount of £2million in order to qualify for the Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

Under Tier 1, applicants must accrue the necessary points to qualify for immigration to the UK. There are a number of areas where points can be gained (under ‘Attributes’ and ‘Controls’).


To qualify for Tier 1 you must gain sufficient points under the ‘attributes’ section. To check if you are eligible for a Tier 1 visa, go to the points-based calculator where you can add up your own points.

There is only one area where points must be gained for a Tier 1 (Investor):

Available funds (75 points):

Money under the applicant’s control, held in a regulated financial institution and disposable in the UK amounting to no less than £2million.

In order to qualify for an extension of your Investor visa at its expiration, you must demonstrate that within three months you invested £2million in the UK by way of United Kingdom Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading United Kingdom registered companies other than those principally engaged in property investment.


Ordinarily to qualify for a Tier 1 visa you must get 10 points for each of the controls (English Language and Maintenance).   However, for Tier 1 (Investor) no points for controls are required.


The documentary evidence of your points must meet specific requirements. These are laid out in the Policy Guidance for the relevant type of Tier 1 visa.


Other types of Tier 1 immigration application:

About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.