Investment Visa UK From Australia

The British Tier 1 Investor Visa and Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa are no longer open for applications, but Australian citizens who hold a UK visa of this type may apply to either extend their stay in the country or for permanent residence (Indefinite Leave To Remain).

Total Law offer expert legal advice and guidance on applying for, extending or appealing the UK investor visa category for Australians. Call our UK office today on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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    Tier 1 Investor Visa Explained

    The Tier 1 Investor Visa was a visa class issued by the UK government for high-net-worth individuals from overseas to make a substantial qualifying investment into the country.

    Such visa holders had to have access to at least £2 million and were able to work and study in the UK as well as bring their dependents with them.

    The Tier 1 Investor Visa led to ‘settlement’ (Indefinite Leave To Remain) in the UK after a five-year period with accelerated settlement options for those investing more than the minimum.

    The Tier 1 Investor Visa is now closed to new applicants. However, Australian nationals who already have entry clearance under this visa class may apply to extend their stay.

    Applications to extend the duration of the visa holder’s stay under a Tier 1 Investor Visa must be made before 17th February 2026 and applications for Indefinite Leave To Remain as a Tier 1 Investor must be made before 17th February 2028.

    Australian citizens who are looking to apply afresh for a UK Investor Visa with the intention of making a substantial financial investment in the country may find the Innovator Visa (Innovator Founder Visa) an appropriate immigration route, as this facilitates the launch of a new and innovative business.

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      Extending the Tier 1 Investor Visa (before 2026)

      Those already resident in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor may be eligible to extend their stay. The eligibility requirements are dependent on when the initial Tier 1 Investor Visa was granted.

      If the initial visa was granted between 6th November 2014 and 28th March 2019, the Tier 1 Investor Visa holder will be able to extend their stay in the UK if:

      • They have invested no less than £2 million in either UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
      • The investment was made within three months of initial entry to the UK unless there was an ‘exceptionally compelling’ reason for investment delay
      • The investment level has been maintained for the rest of the duration of the stay in the UK.

      If the investment was purely in UK Government bonds, the Tier 1 Investor Visa extension application must have been made before 6th April 2023. If qualifying investments were moved out of Government bonds before this date, the extension application may be made any date thereafter ahead of the 17th February 2026 deadline.

      If the initial visa was granted after the 29th March 2019, the Tier 1 Investor Visa holder will be able to extend their stay in the UK if:

      • They have invested no less than £2 million in share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
      • The investment was made within three months of initial entry to the UK unless there was an ‘exceptionally compelling’ reason for investment delay
      • The investment level has been maintained for the rest of the duration of the stay in the UK.

      The exact requirements for extension are completely bespoke and dependent on individual circumstance, so legal advice should be sought. Total Law can help. Call our UK office today on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

      Applying for Indefinite Leave To Remain as a Tier 1 Investor (before 2028)

      If a Tier 1 Investor Visa holder meets the eligibility criteria, they may apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain (permanent settlement) in the UK. The requirements to meet for this are:

      • To have been legally resident for the minimum period in the UK under the Tier 1 Investment Visa
      • To have kept the terms of the visa granted for entry in the UK for the duration of their stay
      • To have not left the UK for more than 180 days in a 12-month period
      • (If aged between 18-64) Pass the Life In The UK cultural, social and history test
      • Meet the financial requirements.

      The minimum period to have been met for an Indefinite Leave To Remain application depends on when the initial Tier 1 Investor Visa was granted and what investment funds have been made. These are as follows:

      • Visa granted on or after 6th November 2016:
      • £10 million invested – apply after two years
      • £5 million invested – apply after three years
      • £2 million invested – apply after five years.
      • Visa granted before 6th November 2016:
      • £10 million cash in UK bank account, £20 million personal assets, £10 million loans from a UK regulated financial institution or bank – apply after two years
      • £5 million cash in UK bank account, £10 million personal assets, £5 million loans from a UK regulated bank or financial institution – apply after three years
      • £1million cash in UK bank account, £2 million personal assets, £1million loans from a UK regulated bank or financial institution – apply after five years.

      Applying for permanent settlement in the UK is a lengthy and often expensive process. Seek specialist legal advice from Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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        Extending a Tier 1 Investor Visa and/or applying for Indefinite Leave To Remain: Timelines

        Extending a Tier 1 Investor Visa usually takes around eight weeks to be processed. A priority service can be applied for which allows for a five-working-day turnaround, as a paid service dependent on availability. In both cases, a UKVCAS appointment must be made for the supply of biometric information, and the processing period begins once this has been attended.

        Applying for Indefinite Leave To Remain can be a lengthy process and can take up to a year, but applications from high net worth individuals are often prioritised and processed quicker.

        Extending a Tier 1 Investor Visa and/or applying for Indefinite Leave To Remain: Costs

        The fee for extending a Tier 1 Investor Visa is £1,486 per person covered if applying from within the UK, and £1,191 per person if applying from outside of the UK.

        The fee for Indefinite Leave To Remain applications is £2,885 per person covered.

        There are a variety of associated costs with such applications, including legal fees, printing and copying costs and travel fees.

        Our Immigration Team Can Help You

        Total Law are a team of specialist immigration lawyers who navigate immigration rules and help Australian applicants through the application, appeal, extension and permanent residence procedures for Tier 1 Investor Visas for the UK. Whether you need guidance on extending your current Investor Visa, help through the online application form or details on priority service for applications, we can help. Our team also offer expert advice on property development, loan capital, working with offshore companies and launching open-ended investment companies for UK visas. No matter your intentions – to stay temporarily to raise funds or to eventually apply for British citizenship, the Total Law team will guide you.

        We aim to deal with all customer enquiries jargon-free for clear communication and offer a free chat with no obligation to learn more on the services we offer. Call the Total Law UK office on +44 (0)333 305 9375 for more information.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  A UK Investor Visa holder may apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain after a set period of time legally resident in the UK, if they meet the eligibility criteria. After a one year period of holding permanent settlement status like this, holders can apply for British citizenship. Applying for British citizenship is a separate process after permanent residence has been granted and incurs its own costs and requirements. When granted, British citizenship hold new rights in the country – including a right to claim public funds, to hold a British passport, to launch a new business and to carry out any legal business activities in the UK. There is no direct citizenship route to the UK as a result of investment.

                  A UK registered and trading company is one that is registered with and listed on Companies House with a current status of ‘trading’.

                  The Innovator Visa is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to launch a new business in the UK, so investment funds are directed to a new and ‘innovative’ company rather than an existing business or fund. The UK Investor Visa allowed for investment into property development, bonds and structured investments – but this specific Investor Viisa class no longer exists.

                  Yes. The British government recognises heterosexual and homosexual relationships under spousal visa applications including on the Tier 1 Investor Visa.