Tier 1 (Investor) visa

This category is now closed except for extension and settlement

This visa is now closed to new entrants. You can still apply for extension and settlement and can also still bring your family to the UK. Alternatively, you may wish to consider other visas, such as Global Talent, Innovator or Skilled Worker. 

We will help you to meet the conditions of this visa category at every stage. We will guide on the types of investment, remind of the deadline, help you to keep a track on residency requirements, so you are not over the limit on absences from the UK. We will update you on any changes in the Immigration Rules and Citizenship as they happen. 

With your permission, we can liaise with your financial advisers, accountants and other professionals to ensure all qualifying conditions are met in due time. 

For a fixed fee per year, you will have someone to turn to with your questions and would have us as your representatives in the United Kingdom. 



After initial visa has expired after 3 years, you can extend for further 2 years, giving you a total of 5 years to qualify for settlement in the UK. This is for a standard investment of 2 million British Pounds. You can extend as many times as you need, every time for 2 years. For example, if you have already had this visa for 5 years but spent too much time outside the UK and cannot meet settlement requirements, you can apply for another extension for 2 years (and again, if needed). 

You do not need to apply for extension if you can qualify for settlement under one of accelerated routes:

5.000.000 British Pounds investment – settlement after 3 years in the UK.  

10.000.000 British Pounds investment – settlement after 2 years in the UK. 

You can qualify for settlement in the UK after 5 years on this visa under the standard route of investing 2.000.000 British Pounds.  

There are also accelerated routes:

5.000.000 British Pounds investment – settlement after 3 years in the UK.  

10.000.000 British Pounds investment – settlement after 2 years in the UK.  

British Citizenship – after 5 years in the UK and 1 year after securing a settled status, whichever is later. If you are on standard 5-year route to settlement, it will be 5 years to permanent residency (Indefinite Leave) and then another year to Citizenship, making it total of 6 years. If you are on on accelerated route, such as 3 years, it will be 3 years to settlement and then Citizenship after 5 years, making it total 5 years. If you are married to a British citizen, the qualifying period for Citizenship is 3 years or as soon as you have secured a settled status, whichever is later. 

Your family can qualify for settlement after 5 years in the UK. Even if you are applying under the accelerated route, your family have to wait 5 years. For this purpose, your family are your spouse/civil partner and children who were under 18 years old on the date of their 1st dependent visa. As long as your child is aged under 18 during the application for their 1st dependant visa, they will be considered dependants even after they turn 18. 

Why choose 1st 4Immigration?

  • London City immigration firm, OISC-accredited at the highest level 3.
  • Over 10 years of experience. Our OISC number is F200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year of accreditation.
  • Specialist in UK business visas and dual citizenship  – we are immigration entrepreneurs!
  • We reply emails on the same business day and work via email,  WhatsApp and Zoom  with clients worldwide. 
  • We help to obtain UK entry visa (in available categories), extend your stay, settle in the UK and secure a British passport.  Most of our team members have dual citizenship and we can advise on how the UK law treats dual and multiple nationals. 

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