96 Tier 1 (Investor) Visas granted in the first quarter of 2018

Many of the best Immigration Lawyers in the UK will be interested to see the latest figures relating to Tier 1 (investor) visas, which show that 96 such visas have been granted between January and April 2018. After 3 years where Investor Visas granted in Q1 have slumped, this represents a significant increase – although the number is still small compared to Q1 in 2014 when 213 Investor Visas were granted.

The clear majority – 40 - of the 96 Investor Visas granted in Q1 2018 have been in respect of applicants from China and the Special Administrative Regions, Hong Kong and Macau. 8 Indian nationals and 8 Russian nationals received Investor Visas in Q1, along with 5 Turkish nationals. Other countries featuring include Qatar, Egypt, Iran and Yemen. 

The increase in the number of Investor Visas granted may in part be linked to the increased complexity of the entrepreneur visa route. 

It’s interesting to note the number of visas granted to Russian nationals – given the tightening up of the rules and the current Government’s interest in the source of funds available to Russian Tier 1 applicants we can perhaps expect a drop in Tier 1 (investor) visas granted to Russian nationals in Q2.

Tier 1 (investor) route

The Tier 1 (investor) route is open to individuals from outside the EEA and who wish to invest over £2 million in the UK. Applicants must also satisfy a number of eligibility requirements relating to age (you must be over 18), the ownership of the funds to be invested (it must be owned by you or your spouse or partner), and your ownership of a UK bank account. You must also provide a number of documents to evidence that you have met the eligibility requirements.

London immigration solicitors see increase in Investor Visa and entrepreneur visa clients

We have received a significant increase in numbers of Middle East, Dubai, Iranian and Indian Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor clients, some with connections to the royal families in the region. The complexity of the immigration rules demands the expertise of a specialist immigration lawyer to ensure that any application for an Investor Visa or entrepreneur visa has the best chance of success.


If you are looking for a Legal 500 immigration solicitor to assist with your Tier 1 visa application, whether as an investor or an entrepreneur, get in touch with OTS Solicitors. We have many years’ experience advising clients of all nationalities on all aspects of their visa applications and are proud of our high level of success and many 5* reviews received in respect of our services. If you would like to discuss your visa application with us, call us on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment. 



Relevant People: 

For the best expert legal advice and outcome on your UK immigration application, contact OTS Immigration Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online.


We are one of the UK’s top firms for Immigration Solicitors and civil liberties lawyers. We can advise on a broad range of immigration issues including Appeals and Refusals, Judicial Reviews, spouse visas, Student Visas, Work Permit Visas, Indefinite Leave to Remain, EEA Applications, Asylum and human rights, British Citizenship, All types of visas, Business Immigration Visas, entrepreneur visas and Investor Visas.

Our top Immigration Solicitors and lawyers are here to assist you.


Disclaimer: The information and comments on this page/site is made available free of charge and for educational and information purposes only. The information and comments do not amount to and are not intended to be adopted as legal advice to any individual or company. The use of this site should not be a substitute for specific legal advice, which we ask you to see our contact page or call our solicitors on 0203 959 9123.

By using this site you understand that there is no solicitor and client relationship between you/your company and the site owners or the firm. We make every effort to keep the published articles up-to-date and accurate, however the law changes very rapidly and the older the articles on this site, the more likely that the views in it have changed with the development of the law.