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 you have held your investment funds for less than 2 years then you will need to prove the source of your funds and, and without exception, the Home Office will need to be satisfied as to the provenance of your funds (source of origin for finance will need to satisfy anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism, anti-human trafficking and other verification checks).
The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.
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