Residence and Citizenship Planning
Most preferred: UK, Cyprus, Malta and Ireland
Other Coverage: Spain, Malta, Greece and others
Tier 1 Investor visa is possible if you have at least two million pounds (£2,000,000) in funds available to invest in active and trading UK businesses. The funds must be held by a regulated institution, such as a bank or venture capital firm, and must be free to spend – not tied up in securities, shares, or similar arrangements.
Definition of trading UK businesses:
- Is registered with Companies House in the UK
- Is registered with HM Revenue and Customs for corporation tax and PAYE
- Has accounts and a UK bank account with both showing regular trading of its own goods or services
- Has at least 2 UK based employees who are not its directors
Tier 1 Investor applicants must score 75 points for their visa to be granted. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of how points are awarded for this visa. Tier 1 Investor applicants do not need to provide proof of their English language proficiency or their access to maintenance funds.
There are accelerated routes to indefinite leave to remain if you have invested more than £2 million pounds.
- £2 million investment – Towards the end of 5 years stay in the UK
- Investment of £ 5 million – Towards the end of 3 years stay in the UK
- Investment of £ 10 million – Towards the end of 2 years stay in the UK
Cyprus Investment Scheme
— your direct route to obtaining the freedom to live, work and study anywhere in the EU for the entire family.
The Cypriot Citizenship by Investment program currently offers the quickest route to citizenship within the EU from application submission in only 180 days. It is the only direct EU citizenship program offering such a simple and efficient way of obtaining dual citizenship without any residency requirements from minimum investment of €2,150,000. Cyprus citizenship grants applicants and their families the freedom to live, work or study in any of the 28 European member states with unrestricted visa-free access to over 173 countries worldwide. Investors may significantly reduce their property investment amount to €500,000 after 5 years from the citizenship being granted.
•The fastest route to EU Citizenship. Passport granted in 180 days
•Entire family are eligible
•Including spouse, children, adult dependants up to 28 years old as well as parents of the main applicant
•Enjoy EU Freedoms to live, work, study or travel anywhere in the EU
•Zero taxes for non domiciled individuals. No dividend tax and no inheritance tax
Malta Citizenship by Investment
— secure travel freedom and the right to live, work and study anywhere in the EU through the first EU-approved citizenship Program.
The Malta Citizenship Program is a direct route to securing one of the most coveted EU passports. A Maltese Passport allows applicants the right to live, work and study in the 28 EU countries, and enjoy travel freedom with visa-free access to 182 countries worldwide. The Maltese Individual Investor Program offers a secure EU relocation. This program is the first to be accepted by the European Commission.
•Applicants receive a fast-track residence card within 3 weeks, which allows investors to reside in Malta and travel visa-free throughout the Schengen area whilst documents are being prepared for a Citizenship Submission.
•Obtaining a Maltese (EU) passport may take up to 14 months in total. This route allows a lower investment value of around half that of comparable EU programs, with an investment required of €896,000-€1,150,000.
Irish Immigrant Investor Program
Ireland introduced its original investor visa programme in 2012. It was enhanced in 2013 and it now offers the opportunity for applicants from outside the European Union to gain Irish Residency through investing a minimum €1.0 million in an Approved Investment Fund.
•The golden visa programme was made available to stimulate investment in Ireland and offer residency to dynamic business professionals with a proven record of success. This is an ideal programme for High Net Worth families seeking residency in Europe and will be particularly attractive to businessmen, entrepreneurs and those seeking a top level of education for their children at world class universities.
•Investors must be of good character, demonstrate a minimum net worth of €2 million and have a clean criminal record.