Changes to the Investor Route

Danielle Cohen
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8 April 2019

Under the investor visa routes, investment funds of £2m will now have to be held for a full two years rather than 90 days before an application is made and there will be tighter rules on what can be invested. In particular Government Bonds will no longer be accepted as a qualifying investment. Those who already hold investment visas will be able to apply to extend their leave until 5th April 2023, and settlement applications will be possible until 5th April 2025.

The purpose of the reformed route, says the Government, is to protect the UK from illegally obtained funds, whilst ensuring that genuine investors have access to the viable UK work visa route.