Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

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TIER 1 INVESTOR VISA EXTENSION

Prior to the expiry of your leave to enter/remain as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant, you can apply to extend your stay in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor. The eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 Investor Visa extension will vary depending on whether you were initially granted an Investor Visa between 6 November 2014 and 28 March 2019 or on or after 29 March 2019.

Tier 1 Investor Visa extension requirements: Initial Tier 1 Investor visa granted between 6 November 2014 and 28 March 2019

If you were initially granted an Investor Visa between 6 November 2014 and 28 March 2019, you will be eligible to extend your leave as  Tier 1 Investor, if::

  • You have made an investment of at least £2 million in the UK by way of UK Government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies;
  • You made your investment either (i) within 3 months of your arrival in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant, and you are able to establish your date of your entry to the UK (unless there are exceptionally compelling reasons for the delay making the investment); or (ii) within 3 months of the date of being granted leave to enter or remain as a Tier 1 Investor (unless there are exceptionally compelling reasons for the delay in making the investment); or (iii) no earlier than 12 months prior to the date of the application which resulted in first grant of leave as a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant;
  • In each of the above scenarios, you have maintained the level of investment for the whole of the remaining period of your leave.

If there has been a delay in making the required level of investment, you must demonstrate that the reason for the failure to do so was unforeseeable and out of your control. Delays in making the required investment caused by failure to take timely action will not be accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration. Tier 1 Investor Visa Migrants are expected to take reasonable steps to mitigate any possible delays.

If your investment was made in UK Government bonds you will need to apply for extension of your Tier 1 Investor Visa before 6 April 2023.  You will be able to apply for an extension of your Tier 1 Investor Visa after 6 April 2023 if you move your qualifying investments out of UK Government bonds. You must maintain £2 million in qualifying investments in active and trading UK registered companies from 6 April 2023 onwards.

The specific requirements, that may be applicable to you, will differ depending on your circumstances. You may wish to seek expert advice from an immigration lawyer.

If you wish to apply for a Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension, speak to one of our specialised immigration lawyers for expert advice by completing our “Enquiry Form”.

Tier 1 Investor Visa extension requirements: Initial Tier 1 Investor visa granted on or after 29 March 2019

If you were initially granted leave to enter or remain as a Tier 1 Investor on or after 29 March 2019, you will qualify for extension of your Tier 1 Investor Visa if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You have invested at least £2 million in the UK by way of UK share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies;
  • You made your investment either (i) within 3 months of your arrival in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant, and you are able to establish your date of your entry to the UK (unless there are exceptionally compelling reasons for the delay making the investment); or (ii) within 3 months of the date of being granted leave to enter or remain as a Tier 1 Investor (unless there are exceptionally compelling reasons for the delay in making the investment); or (iii) no earlier than 12 months prior to the date of the application which resulted in first grant of leave as a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant;
  • In each of the above scenarios, you have maintained the level of investment for the whole of the remaining period of your leave.

Timing your Tier 1 Investor Visa Application

If you are applying for an extension of your Tier 1 Investor visa from inside the UK, it is recommended that you apply one month prior to the expiry of your existing Tier 1 Investor Visa.

It is not, however, recommended that you apply any earlier than one month prior to the expiry of your existing visa as you may risk having a shortfall in leave when apply for indefinite leave to remain. This is because extension of leave is granted from the date the UK Visas and Immigration reach their decision and not the date that your current visa expires.

Tier 1 Investor visa extension processing times

There are two ways to apply for extension of leave as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant: the standard service and the priority service. Applications submitted via the standard service are decided within 8 weeks of the date of submission of the application. Applications submitted via the priority service will be decided within 5 working days of your UKVCAS appointment.

How our lawyers can help you with your UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension Application

Our lawyers are specialists in UK immigration law with almost a decade of experience. We have assisted hundreds of UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension applicants to prepare and submit successful UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension applications.

Our immigration lawyers can provide you expert advice on meeting the requirements of the Immigration Rules, carry out a detailed assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension and can assist you with the preparation and submission of your application.

Our lawyers combine creative energy with deep technical legal expertise to uncover innovative, out-of-the-box and unconventional strategies that help you succeed in your application even when you’re facing inherent challenges in meeting the requirements of a UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension.

We do this by deploying the following:

  • Taking a holistic approach to analysing every facet of each case and formulating strategies to comprehensively address every element of the case;
  • Bringing deep technical and substantive legal expertise;
  • Collaborative strategizing among specialist lawyers, who operate at different levels of seniority, bringing a wealth of technical expertise, tactical know-how and diversity of perspective on your matter;
  • Using Design Thinking to reframe the challenges you face with a view to redefining value and opening up the scope of solutions;
  • Designing customised strategy to meet your specific challenges.

What this means for you?

If you instruct us to take on your case, our scope of work will comprise of the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions to carry out a thorough analysis of your case;
  • Assessing your eligibility for a UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension in line with the requirements as set out in the Immigration Rules, the accompanying Policy Documents and the wider case-law jurisprudence;
  • Notifying you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case;
  • Advising you on strategies, where possible, to remedy the weaknesses in your case and better evidence the strengths of your case;
  • Providing you detailed and customised advice on the documents you need to provide in support of your application;
  • Reviewing your documents to assess whether they meet the evidential requirements of your application and to advise you if further documents are required;
  • Drafting the application form to provide to you for review and, if required, amending the application in line with your observations;
  • Preparing a detailed letter of representations to be submitted in support of your application;
  • Submitting the application form online and arranging an appointment for the enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Responding to any queries from the Home Office regarding your application
  • Addressing any queries that you may have regarding your application and any issues arising relating to your immigration status;
  • Corresponding with the UK Visas and Immigration (Home Office) to ensure a timely decision on your application.
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