Investment Visa Overview

United Kingdom Residency & Citizenship options

The United Kingdom's Tier 1 Investor Visa program was closed down in December of 2019. The reason for this was due to the UK's wanting to 'tighten up' their immigration policies. The Tier 1 Investor Visa was a points-based system and required a person to have £2 million in investable assets. The UK felt that this system was being abused by wealthy individuals who were using it as a way to gain citizenship without contributing anything to the UK economy. In order to close the program, the UK government gave visa holders a grace period of 6 months to either leave the country or apply for another type of visa. While the Tier 1 Investor Visa program is no longer available, there are still other ways for wealthy individuals to obtain UK citizenship.

Program 1
  • Name
    Skilled worker visa
  • Description

    The United Kingdom skilled worker visa is a visa that allows highly skilled workers to live and work in the UK for up to five years. The visa is typically granted to workers who have a job offer from a UK employer. To be eligible for the visa, workers must have a job offer in an occupation that is on the UK shortage occupation list.

  • Requirements

    In addition, they must meet the English language requirements and earn a salary of at least £30,000 per year. The United Kingdom skilled worker visa is a highly sought-after visa, as it allows workers to live and work in one of the world's most developed countries. The visa is valid for five years and can be renewed for an additional five years. After ten years, workers can apply for permanent residency in the UK.

  • Validity
    5 years (5y-5y-PR)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    None
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    No
Program 2
  • Name
    Innovator Visa
  • Description

    The United Kingdom Innovator Visa is a visa that allows people from outside the European Union to come to the United Kingdom to start a business. The visa is valid for three years, and it can be renewed for another three years. To qualify for the visa, applicants must have an endorsement from a designated body.

  • Requirements

    The endorsement must confirm that the applicant has a genuine and credible business idea, and that they are likely to succeed in setting up their business in the United Kingdom. Once in the United Kingdom, applicants must meet certain requirements, such as investing £50,000 in their business and creating at least two jobs for other people. After five years, applicants can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

  • Validity
    3 years (3y-2y-PR)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    £50,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    UK Start-up Visa
  • Description

    The United Kingdom startup Visa is a special type of visa that is specifically designed for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the UK.

  • Requirements

    The visa is valid for two years and allows the entrepreneur to stay in the UK and work on their business. In order to qualify for the visa, the entrepreneur must have an innovative business idea that has the potential to be successful.

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    183 days of the year
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent fee
    No minimum
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the British passport is now ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. As a result, it is one of the world's most sought passports, having a very high mobility score. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel is available to British passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, Peru, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the whole European Union, allowing for practically instantaneous travel around the world. British passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries around the world. Russia, China, Cuba, and Iran are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    141
  • Visa on Arrival
    40
  • Visa Online
    9
  • Visa Required
    8
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    58%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    46%
Passport Ranking Factors

United Kingdom Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries United Kingdom passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those United Kingdom passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the United Kingdom passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 141 visa-free countries for UK passport holders, 40 visa-on-arrival countries for UK passport holders, and 9 eTA destinations. In total, UK passport holders can visit 190 countries without a visa, via visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the United Kingdom passport is ranked number seven in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 39 other countries where United Kingdom passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    No
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