Investing in the UK

Whether a client is seeking to make a significant investment or is looking to open or expand their business venture in the UK, our team provides strategic advice on the best options to meet their long-term immigration goals. Our team has extensive experience and intricate knowledge of the complex rules relating to the investor and entrepreneur-related categories and are ideally placed to advise individuals from outside UK (including the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland) who wish to live in the UK on the basis of business and investment. There are a few routes available under this category. These include Tier 1 (Investor), Innovator, Start Up, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.

What is the Tier 1 (Investor) route?

Tier 1 (Investor) is for nationals from outside the UK (including the EEA/Switzerland) who make a significant investment of at least £2 million in the UK.

Key features

  • Work:individuals under this route may engage in employment (with certain exceptions), self-employment and/or study in the UK. However, there is no obligation to undertake any of these activities.
  • Dependants:the spouse or partner and/or children of Tier 1 (Investor) migrants may join or remain with them in UK as dependants.  Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions.
  • Switching: migrants will now be able to switch from within the UK into this route from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Settlement: Tier 1 (Investor) leave may lead to settlement after two, three, or five years’ continuous residence in the UK, depending on the level of investment.

How we can help

We have experience advising high net worth individuals seeking to come to the UK as Tier 1 (Investor) migrants. Our dedicated team does not simply prepare our clients’ applications, rather, we provide end-to-end service in relation to short- and long-term strategy and planning according to each individual’s specific needs. Moreover, our experienced staff is there to lobby the Home Office with regard to complex cases and those requiring discretion.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Tier 1 (Investor) applications typically range between £5000– £7000 and disbursements depending upon whether the application is for initial leave, an extension or indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR) as well as on the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fee
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What is the Innovator route?

The Innovator route replaces Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), enabling experienced entrepreneurs from outside the UK (including the EEA/Switzerland) to establish a business in the UK. The applicant must secure an endorsement from a Home Office-approved endorsing body, verifying that their business is innovative, viable and scalable. A minimum investment of £50,000 is required in most cases.

Key features

  • Work:Innovator migrants can set up businesses and work either as an employed director or in a self-employed capacity in the UK.
  • Dependants:the spouses or partners and/or children of Innovator migrants are permitted to join or remain with the main applicant in the UK and undertake work and study (subject to certain restrictions).
  • Switching: migrants will now be able to switch from within the UK into this route from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Settlement:Innovator migrants may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) continuous residence in the UK.

How we can help

Our team’s in-depth knowledge of the predecessor Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, as well as involvement in Home Office lobbying and policy direction, means we are well placed to advise on Innovator applications. We manage the entire application process from obtaining the necessary endorsement through to advising on requirements for future applications in order to ensure clients remain compliant.

Our legal fees

We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Innovator applications typically range between £5,000 – £8,000 and disbursements depending upon whether the application is for initial leave, an extension or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK as well as on the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What is the Start-up route?

The Start-up route enables new entrepreneurs from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to establish their first business in the UK.

Applicants must secure an endorsement from a Home Office approved endorsing body (many of which are UK higher education institutions), verifying that their business plan is innovative, viable and scalable.

Time spent in the UK does not count towards indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and many Start-up migrants will wish to progress as soon as possible to the Innovator route.

How we can help

Our team’s in-depth knowledge and involvement in Home Office lobbying and policy direction make us extremely well placed to advise on Start-up applications. We assist on the entire application process, from obtaining an endorsement to advising on complex business structures to ensure that clients meet the immigration requirements for future extension and settlement applications.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Start-up applications typically range between £1,500 – £3,000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees (
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What is Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)?

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) enabled nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to establish, join or take over a business in the UK.

This route is now closed to new entrants.

The category will remain active for the following migrants:

  • Dependants:may still join main applicants who previously obtained Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) permission;
  • Existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs) may apply for extension applications until 5 April 2023 and indefinite leave to remain(ILR) applications until 5 April 2025; and
  • Switching:Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneurs) will be permitted to switch into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) until 5 July 2021, and these individuals will have until 5 July 2025 to apply for extensions, and 5 July 2027 to apply for ILR.

How we can help

While Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications face high refusal rates, our firm has substantial experience overcoming the significant challenges in complex cases where some of the criteria may not have been satisfied or where an applicant was previously refused.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications typically range between £2500 – £5000 and disbursements depending upon whether the application is for an extension or ILR as well as on the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees (
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What is Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)?

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route closed to all applicants on 6 July 2019, however migrants in this category may still switch to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and be joined by dependants.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) applications typically range between £1,000 – £2,000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • Other ancillary disbursements such as UK NARIC, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For our fees on advising on dependant applications, please refer to our Dependants section below. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.