Time To Citizenship
- United Kingdom Country profile
- Benefits of the program
- Investment requirements
- Visa-free and visa-on-arrival country list
About the program
In October 1994 the United Kingdom introduced a program which provided granting of a residence visa to non-EEA (and non-Swiss) nationals who invested in its territory (‘the Immigrant Investor program’). In February 2008 a Points Based System (PBS) for managed migration from outside the EEA was introduced, replacing the old work permit system.
To be able to apply for this program, you should be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and without a criminal record.
Health & Education
World-class health services and high standard education opportunities for you and your family.
Business & Investment
You and your family will be authorized to work at any company in the UK in any job function.
Designed to be a smooth and straightforward process with a timeframe of 5 years to your new citizenship.
You can apply for the non-domicile tax regime, which limits tax liability on foreign income to what you remit to the UK.
Pathway to citizenship
After 5 years, you may be eligible for UK citizenship by naturalisation.
Main applicant requirements
- 18+ years of age
- Good health
- No criminal record
- Successfully pass due diligence checks
- Confirmed investment sources
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Children (biological or adopted) up to 18 years of age
The expected timeframe for the application process is 6 months. The first stage of the document collection can differ in length depending on the applicant’s ability to gather the documents. Our team guides this process with samples and best practice advice.
The reviewal stage is subject to the respective Government schedule and can be impacted by factors which we, as authorised agents have no control over. Savory and Partners collaborates with the Government throughout the entire process, and we aim to provide the quickest and smoothest experience for the applicant.
Read about the process steps in detail here.
Based on the Immigration Rules part 6A: the Points-based system (paragraphs 245AAA to 245ZZE) of the UK law, an individual fulfiling the requirements stated can apply to be granted entry, indefinite leave to remain and subsequently if eligible British citizenship by naturalisation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I include my family when applying for the United Kingdom Immigration Program?
Yes, you can include qualified members of your family in the application or they can apply after you have obtained permanent residency. A qualified family member can be a child not older than 18 years, a spouse, and parents who live with and are fully supported by the main applicant.
Q: Are there any interviews, language tests, or work experience requirements when applying for the United Kingdom Immigration Program?
Yes, you are required to take interviews, language tests or have previous work experience to be able to apply for this program.
Q: Do I need to live in the United Kingdom after obtaining my residency?
Yes, you are required to fulfil a minimum required residency time in the United Kingdom to maintain your residency.
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