In December, the UK Immigration Minister announced a suspension of the UK Tier 1 investor visa pending program reforms. Six days later, the government declared it would not suspend the program after all, but that reforms were, indeed, on the drawing board.
The Home Office has previously indicated that reforms would be ready by the spring of 2019, and are reportedly holding meetings with stakeholders on an ad-hoc basis. But the Home Office has so far shown little interest in engaging in a larger scale survey of stakeholders, as was the case when the Migration Advisory Committee surveyed industry participants in 2014 ahead of the previous round of reforms.
Now, one industry veteran – Farzin Yazdi, head of Investor Visa at Shard Capital – has launched a private initiative to obtain stakeholder input.
“The results from this survey will be amalgamated and reviewed, with the findings presented to Ministers and Migration Policy,” writes the survey’s author. “The results so far are fascinating”.
He encourages (primarily UK-based) stakeholders to complete the survey as soon as possible. Take the survey here.
Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 16 years in the United States, China, Spain, and Portugal.