Posted on 5th October 2015

The Points Based System permits those from outside of the EEA to seek to live and work in the United Kingdom.

The little used Tier 1 (Investor) visa is available to applicants who seek to invest at least £2 million. This will permit applicants to work or study in the United Kingdom and is valid for up to 3 years and 4 months. Thereafter, depending on the amount invested in the United Kingdom, applicants can seek to settle in the United Kingdom as soon as after two years. If applicants do not wish to settle in the United Kingdom, they can apply to extend their visa for another two years instead.

There are streamlined efficient processes which can be used with “super premium” UK Government routes whereby very swift applications can be made. A decision is usually made within 3 weeks.

This is an excellent opportunity for high net worth individuals seeking to invest £2 million or more in the United Kingdom. As with all applications, there are forms and supporting documents that have to be provided. This is the part that applicants usually require assistance with.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a different visa for those from outside of the EEA who want to set up or run a business in the United Kingdom. Applicants must have access to £50,000 investment funds. There is a different category for those with access to £200,000 investment funds. These can be complex applications which require care and attention when being completed.

Written by Abid Mahmood, Barrister at No5 Chambers.

Abid Mahmood is a barrister specialising in Immigration Law with over 20 years of experience. He has appeared at all levels of Courts and Tribunals including several recent appearances at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.  He is authorised by the Bar Council and approved to accept cases on a public access or direct access basis.

He founded the Immigration Group at his award winning Chambers and was Head of the Group until 2015.

He is a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge, Recorder of the Crown Court, Recorder of the Civil Court and Recorder of the Family Court.

Independent legal directories such as Legal 500 have for many years referred to him as a band  1 in his chosen areas of practice and as a ‘genius’ and good to work with.

Abid Mahmood has successfully assisted clients in the Investor and Entrepreneur categories from across a wide area of the world, including China, the Middle East, Russia, India, Pakistan and several countries in Africa.

Abid Mahmood practices principally out of his Chambers based conveniently in Central London and Central Birmingham, but also occasionally from his Bristol and Leicester Offices. In appropriate cases he has visited clients where they live.

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