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2019-02-06 15:09:10

How to get UK Citizenship through investment

How to get UK Citizenship through investment

The UK citizenship opens its holders the broadest opportunities of visa-free access to various countries. UK passport holders are entitled to enter 163 countries on a visa-free or visa-on-arrival basis.

How can a non-European National Receive UK citizenship? The easiest and quickest way to obtain the UK citizenship is to invest money in the economy of the country, in other words to participate in citizenship through investment programs targeting business people, owners of businesses and financial savings.

It will demand from you to devote substantial time, have knowledge of legal formalities required to transfer assets, find and acquire suitable real estate, collect visa documents. In this case, the best possible solution will be to turn to experienced lawyers who will help you address your immigration issues:

  • guide your choice of a UK citizenship through investment program
  • explain if dual citizenship is permitted in UK
  • clarify a list of documents to be submitted for a UK visa.

UK Citizenship through Investment: Types of Visas

The UK citizenship through investment allows you to reside in the country with a high standard of living, offers an opportunity to bring your business to the next level, give the best education at prestigious UK schools and colleges to your children.

Types and benefits of visas

Tier 1 Investor

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Sole Representative of an overseas Business

Investment amount

£2-10 million

£200 K and more


Visa for all family members

Yes, including spouses and minor children

Yes, including spouses and minor children

Yes, including spouses and minor children

Knowledge of the English language

Not required

CEFR B1 test

(listening and speaking)

CEFR A1 Certificate

Citizenship procedure duration

after 5-6 years in UK

after 5-6 years in UK and upon compliance with established terms

after 5-6 years in UK

Days of stay in UK per year




Permanent residence permit

after 2-5 years (depending on the investment amount)

after 3-5 years with provision of the following financial guarantees:

  • £3,310—applicant
  • £1,810—every unemployed family member

If a permanent residence application is submitted in UK, the amount on the account shall be:

  • £945—applicant
  • £630—every unemployed family member

5 years

Areas of Investment/


(Government, corporate) bonds, shares in UK companies

  • Creation of 10 and more full-time jobs
  • The aggregate turnover of the company: £5 million and more
  • Setting-up/managing a UK-based branch of your company (at least one representative of a non-European/another company)
  • Your company must be incorporated outside the United Kingdom
  • Confirmation of your business profitability, applicant’s financial soundness
  • Absence of other UK-based branches of your company
  • A company executive may not be its major shareholder

Fund transfer/

business start-up period

The first 90 days from entry in the United Kingdom with Tire 1 (Investor) visa

Establishment of a company (PLC, Ltd, ULC, UnLtd), purchase of a share in business within 6 months from entry with Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa


Period of investment retention in the country’s economy

5 years

Applicant's age

18 and older

18 and older

18 and older

Cash accounts with UK banks




Work permit

No medical practice or athlete coaching is permitted until the visa expiry

In your company only

In your company only

Visa validity

3 years, 4 months

Possible extension for 2 years

3 years, 4 months

Possible extension for 2 years

3 years

Possible extension for 2 years

 Acquisition Steps

The procedure for the UK citizenship obtaining is quite lengthy (6 years and more) and requires thorough compliance with all terms. With competent advice from our specialists who have extensive experience in the international law, UK immigration legislation, support of major real estate and investment transactions, your naturalisation process will be simpler. Our integrated legal support means legal support for our clients all the way through to UK passport acquisition by all your family members.

Company Services

Area of services

Types of services

Law, immigration

  • Visa/3-year residence permit acquisition
  • Visa/2-year residence permit renewal
  • Permanent residence permit after 5 years in UK
  • UK citizenship
  • Check of the customer’s documentation relevance
  • Monitoring a number of days spent in the country

Banking, financing

  • Opening an investment and settlement account with a UK bank
  • Accounting and tax advise
  • Tax return filling out for 5 years
  • Social insurance

Real estate

  • Advice from a real estate specialist
  • Advice from a mortgage broker


Educational consulting, proposed range of educational programs with the top schools, colleges and universities


Examination by a physician (NHS GP)

Concierge service

Administration: bill payment, paper work


Price List

  • One-year contract: £12,000
  • One-month contract: £1,100

How We Can Help You


When you consult with visa support specialists and international investment advisers, you receive assistance with prompt and accurate preparation of documents for submission to the UK visa centre, arrangement of your business, selection and purchase of real estate. Our company has united prominent specialists in international law, visa services, immigration support:

What makes our work so special:

•             Quality confirmed by the professional community and customers

•             Extensive experience in the immigration field

•             International connections at investment and real estate markets

•             Confidentiality

•             Individual approach

•             Efficiency.





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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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