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The United Kingdom

Residency & Citizenship by Investment

Located off the north-west coast of the European mainland, the United Kingdom has one of the highest standards of living in the world, with a diverse and prosperous population and an incredibly developed economy. London, its capital, is arguably the global economic and cultural capital of the world, making the U.K. an attractive destination for investors looking for financial and lifestyle benefits with easy access to Europe and the rest of the world.

The United Kingdom Residency & Citizenship by Investment Program

The United Kingdom Immigrant Investor Program is designed to enable high net worth individuals making a significant financial investment in the U.K. to obtain residency at an expedited rate, depending on the investment option fulfilled. Applicants are permitted to apply for citizenship upon completion of residency and other requirements.

Ways of Acquiring Residency

The United Kingdom Immigrant Investor Program enables applicants who invest higher amounts to obtain residency faster. Applicants are required to invest at least 75% of the total investment amount into U.K. government bonds, or invest in share capital or loan capital in registered and active U.K. trading companies. The remaining 25% of the investment must be deposited into the U.K. regulated financial institution.

Applicants have three investment options available, as follows:

  • For a full investment in the amount of £2 million, applicants will obtain stay for settlement in five (5) years.
  • For a full investment in the amount of £5 million, applicants will obtain stay for settlement in three (3) years.
  • For a full investment in the amount of £10 million, applicants will obtain stay for settlement in two (2) years.

An investor visa is valid for a maximum of three (3) years and four (4) months, which can later be extended for another two (2) years prior to applying for residency.

Ways of Acquiring Citizenship

Applicants have the option to apply for citizenship in the United Kingdom after having lived there for five (5) or more years, provided that they have met the following residency requirements:
  • No more than 90-day absence from the U.K. in the 12 months preceding the application, with the total number of days spent outside the U.K. not exceeding 450 days in the entire five (5)-year qualifying period;
  • Be of good moral character and not in violation of any immigration laws;
  • Demonstrate a basic level of proficiency in the English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic languages as well as knowledge of U.K. life and culture.

Benefits of the United Kingdom and the Residency & Citizenship by Investment Program

  • A thriving business sector with access to global markets.
  • World’s 5th largest economy behind USA, China, Japan and Germany.
  • EU travel mobility with a U.K. passport.
  • Top tier educational system with distinguished universities.
  • Member of the G8 forum.
  • Access to world-class free health care.
  • A culturally diverse society.
  • No English language requirement to obtain visa.
  • Fast processing time with decisions being rendered in an average of three (3) weeks.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to apply, the Principal Applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland;
  • Be able to prove that the money to be invested belongs to the Applicant and/or their spouse, unmarried or same-sex partner;
  • Have opened an account at a U.K. regulated bank;
  • Have funds held in one or more regulated financial institution;
  • Have funds that are ‘disposable’ in the U.K.;
  • Spend at least six (6) months of the year residing in the U.K. to maintain status and residence with any applicable dependents without taking employment (barring self-employment).

Applications will be denied on the following grounds:

  • Direct or indirect misrepresentation;
  • If the Applicant has a criminal record;
  • Being unable to demonstrate that the Applicant holds the required amount of money;
  • Submitting documents that do not contain all the required information.

Application Processing Time

Applicants are advised to apply no earlier than three (3) months before planned travel date. Decisions on investor applications are usually rendered in an average of three (3) weeks.

International Organization Membership

The United Kingdom is a member of the following international organizations:

  • The Commonwealth of Nations;
  • The United Nations;
  • G5, G8, G10 and G20;
  • The European Union;
  • The Council of Europe;
  • The International Monetary Fund;
  • The World Health Organization;
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Population

66.04 million (2017)

GNI per Capita

$40,530 US (2017)

Official Languages

English (Official)

Currency

Pound Sterling. 1 GBP = 1.13 USD

Capital

London

Temperature

Average all year round of 6°C – 20°C

Major Religion

Christianity

Government

Constitutional Monarchy

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