You will need to have a business idea (you cannot become a landlord or invest in property), at least £200,000 to invest and a solid business plan. The Home Office will expect this and you may well be interviewed about it. The Home Office will grant three years of entry clearance for you. You must be able to show that you have invested your funds, become a director of your business and created at least two full-time jobs (or the equivalent) in order to extend your leave further and settle in the UK.
You will also need to show sufficient funds to maintain yourself and provide you have no criminal record in your country of origin. You can bring your family members with you as dependants should you have additional available maintenance funds.
In some circumstances you can apply with £50,000 rather than £200,000 but this must be from government approved seed-funding. You can also potentially rely on third party funding for the investment amount.
If you have funds in excess of £2million, you can apply to enter the UK as an investor. The settlement route is 5 years but can be shortened if you are able to invest in excess of £5million or £10million. You will need to show how long you have had the funds, evidence how you acquired them and get confirmation that the money is either in, or can be transferred, to the UK.
You will need to make an investment in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies. Investments in property development, investment management are prohibited. You will need to maintain the value of your investments during the duration of your time in the UK.
You must show sufficient funds to maintain yourself and any dependants, as well as passing a criminal record check from your country of origin.
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