Tier 1 Visas

The United Kingdom’s Tier 1 visa immigration scheme is part of the points based system. Tier 1 is designed to attract top talent from outside the European Union who can contribute the most to the UK economy.

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

** You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa **

If you already have a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

You can still apply:
•  to settle in the UK (indefinite leave to remain)
•  for family members to join you
•  to extend your visa – you’ll need to apply for a Global Talent visa instead

You can apply for settlement once you’ve been in the UK for:
•  3 years with an exceptional talent visa
•  3 years with an exceptional talent endorsement in science
•  5 years with an exceptional promise endorsement in either arts and culture or digital technology

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

** You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa **

If you already have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

You can still apply:
• to settle in the UK (indefinite leave to remain)
• to extend your visa
• for family members to join you

Tier 1 (Investor)

The investor category is designed to allow high net worth individuals make a substantial financial investment in the UK. You do not need a job offer to apply under the investor category. When you apply, you are awarded points based on your ability to invest £1,000,000 in the UK.

You must score 75 points for access to £1,000,000 that is disposable and in a financial institution, or £2,000,000 in personal assets and £1,000,000 in a loan, which are known as attributes.

You can apply under the investor category now if you are:
*In the United Kingdom and want to make an initial application for the investor category;
*Already in the United Kingdom under the former investor category and want to extend your permission to stay within the tier 1 investor category;
*Already in the United Kingdom in the tier 1 investor category and want to extend your permission to stay in your existing category;
*Applying from outside the United Kingdom for permission to enter (known as ‘entry clearance’) in the investor category.