UK Citizenship by Investment Program

Investors can immigrate to the UK through the Immigrant Investor Program, which has three tiers of investments, with those investing at a higher level being granted residency status (Stay for Settlement) more quickly. Applicants must invest at least 75% of their investment capital in the form of share capital, government bonds or loan capital in active and trading companies registered in the UK. The remaining 25% of your investment should be maintained either by depositing and maintaining the money in a UK-regulated financial institution or by purchasing assets.

To qualify for the program, investors must be able to maintain themselves and their dependents without having to get a job in the UK (other than self-employment or business) and make the UK your main residence, staying a minimum of six out of every twelve months in the country to maintain your visa status. Your investment options are laid out in the table below:

INVESTMENT OPTIONS

OPTION 1

FULL INVESTMENT:

£2 million

STAY FOR SETTLEMENT (ILR):

5 years

OPTION 2

FULL INVESTMENT:

£5 million

STAY FOR SETTLEMENT (ILR):

3 years

OPTION 3

FULL INVESTMENT:

£10 million

STAY FOR SETTLEMENT (ILR):

2 years

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS

You are eligible to apply if you have lived in the UK for at least five years, provided you meet the following residency requirements:

      • You should not have been out of the country for longer then 90 days of the twelve months preceding your application. For the total five-year qualification period, you should not have been outside the UK for longer than 450 days.
      • You are of good moral character and should not have broken any immigration laws.
      • You can show that you have a good knowledge of UK culture as well as a basic command of English or other languages spoken in the UK, such as Scottish Gaelic or Welsh.

In addition to making a financial investment, applicants must also meet the following requirements:

      • Be able to maintain yourself and your dependents without taking a job in the UK (outside of self-employment or business);
      • Make the UK your main home. To maintain your visa status, you will need to live at least 6 out of 12 months in the country.