The UK is an excellent place to live and work for obvious reasons; its GDP is the 6th highest on the planet and it’s also one of the most developed places around. Actually, there isn’t much the UK doesn't have and its wealth and opportunities have been the reason for people to cross the sea for ages.
It was the first place where an underground subway system was built and even the world’s oldest rail lines can be found in the UK, showing that development goes a long way back and has never stopped. When it comes to work, life and wealth the UK is in the top 20% of performers and the quality of the environment is really high too. From clean water to low pollution, the United Kingdom is a clean and healthy place to live.
But do you have a picture in your mind of dull and grey skies? It doesn't rain nearly as much as people seem to think and there are many wonderful places to discover. Stunning landscapes with cliffs, Stonehenge, lochs and cute villages, stunning cities and of course people who are world famous for their sense of humour.
Currently, citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) can live and work freely in the UK. This may change however with Britain leaving the EU due to Brexit.
If you are from the UK and want to see what options will be available to you after Britain leave the UK, use our smart wizard and when you get your results, click on the button that allows you to toggle between being a member of the EU and not being a member of the EU.
Here are some of the ways to live in the UK if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
Through your family
Work and Business Visas
There are numerous types of work visas available in the UK which can be viewed here. Here is a summary however of the more common visas:
If you invest £2,000,000 in UK share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies, you can apply for a UK Tier 1 Investment visa. Recently, the UK also allowed investment in a pooled investment vehicle where the vehicle also receives funding from the UK government or a devolved government – for example, the British Business Bank or Scottish Investment Bank.
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you have access to £200,000 in investment funds to invest in your own business or startup and you can prove that the money is either:
The funds must be held in the UK if you’re applying for leave to remain.
The required investment amount can be reduced to £50,000 if you have access to investment funds from one or more of the following:
Work holiday visa
Constitutional monarchy and commonwealth realm
To become a naturalised citizen of the UK, you need to have lived in the UK for at least 5 years, spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years and spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. See here for the full requirements.
The UK Tier 1 Residency visa is for those who are willing to make a substantial financial investment in the economy and development in the United Kingdom. As well as being able to reside in one of the most advanced and powerful nations in the world, you are able to apply for citizenship and the coveted British Passport after 5 years of residency in the UK.
There are two categories within Tier 1 scheme as follows:
The UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is for those who have £200,000 to invest in their own business. They need to run the business fulltime, pay taxes and hire at least 2 UK citizens.
The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa is for those who can an investment of £2,000,000 in funds, government bonds, share capital or loan capital.
We have partnered with the UK's leading Tier-1 Investment Management Firm along with London's leading immigration law firms. Together we can provide you to the safest hands in the business with a long track record of working with High Net Worth individuals. Along the way we can assist you with any other requirements you have as well as giving you a point of reference to follow up on any issues.
Some key points:
|Programme Name:||Investor Visa (Tier-1)||Minimum investment:||GBP 2,000,000|
|Time to permanent residency:||5 years||Time to citizenship:||6 years|
|Typical processing time:||2 months||Minimum stay:||9 months per year to get UK passport|
|Visa Free Countries:||160||Passport Ranking:||11th|
|Cost of Living Rank:||29th||Corruption Rank:||10th|
The passport for the UK allows you to travel to 160 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 11.