Tier 1 (Investor) rules changing from 29 March 2019

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Posted on 11 Mar 2019

What are the changes being made to the Tier 1 Visa (Investor) rules?

Changes are being made to the Tier 1 (Investor) rules.  

The changes will require investors to provide evidence of the source of any investment funds they have obtained within the last two years (up from 90 days at present).  Investments in government bonds will no longer count and the rules around investment in companies will be tightened.  In addition, UK banks will have to confirm that they have carried out the requisite checks before opening an investment account. 

When do the changes to the Tier 1 Visa (investor) rules take place?

The changes apply from 29 March 2019 for applications made on or after 29 March 2019. The changes will not apply to applications made before 29 March 2019.  

The government has said that it also intends to require investors to undergo enhanced checks on their financial situations and business histories by a UK-regulated auditor before making a visa application.  There will be further Rule changes dealing with this.  

The government threatened a suspension of the Tier 1 investor visa in December 2018 and whilst this was not implemented, it indicated that it planned to reform the route so Rule changes were expected.   

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