From 2 years
A minority stake in your business (if share capital rather than loan capital)
Businesses that meet the criteria (start-ups only if accounts show regular trading)
The Tier 1 investor route is the only means by which non-EEA investors can move to the UK to be involved in existing businesses (other than as employees). Investors who commit a minimum of £2m to a UK business may be able to apply for a Tier 1 investor visa.
Tier 1 investment is an increasingly popular type of investment for businesses looking to increase working capital without having to give away a large amount of equity. It has one other potential advantage: your business could gain exposure to another market through your Tier 1 investor.
As well as being a UK registered company, you must be considered to be active and trading. In other words you must:
The third bullet point may of course rule out some start-ups.
If investors want to enter the UK under the Tier 1 investor route, they must demonstrate to the Home Office that they intend to invest at least £2m (share capital or loan capital) in UK companies. (There are other criteria but that’s the relevant one from the point of view of a business looking for investment.)
If the investors have a minimum to invest of:
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