UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Sees Record Interest in 2018 – Investors Scrambled to Apply Ahead of “Suspension”

Ahead of the Home Office’s heralded reform of the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa program – the particulars of which remain a known unknown – investors in December scrambled to submit applications.

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Update: Home Office Confirms UK Tier 1 NOT Suspended

On Thursday, the BBC, the Guardian, as well as the front page of the London Times reported that the UK Home Office would suspend the Tier 1 Investor visa by midnight the following day. But reports coming in from UK-based immigration solicitors say the online application system remains live and that the Home Office will

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Industry Reacts Positively to UK Tier 1 Moratorium, Reforms “Ready by Spring”

Following yesterday’s suspension of the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa – though not the Entrepreneur category – industry participants with whom Investment Migration Insider has been in touch say they welcome the Home Office’s decision. Reforms to be introduced “in the spring” In a written statement to Parliament, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has further elaborated

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BREAKING: UK Tier 1 Program Suspended Pending Review and Reform

The Home Office today announced that effective tomorrow it is suspending the UK Tier 1 Visa program. The suspension will last until authorities have completed an audit of the program and determined new guidelines and requirements. Moratorium The Home Office’s decision is a result of its concerns that the program may be used for illicit

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UK Entrepreneur Visa Issuances Up 23% YoY in Q2

The UK issued 23% (266 vs 217) more Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas in the second quarter this year than during the same period in 2017.  The first half of 2018, as a whole, also saw 14% more Entrepreneur visas issued than the first half of last year, indicating a healthy upward trend in application volumes.

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Gentlemen Prefer Bonds: Why Most UK Tier 1 Investors Pick Fixed Income Over Shares

While the UK Tier 1 Investor visa (UKT1-i) allows for investment in both equity and bonds (corporate and gilts), the overwhelming majority of applicants opt for fixed income rather than share capital. Two program experts explain why. “Prior to the 2014 hike in investment requirements from £1 to £2 million, 95% of investors chose government bonds,” says

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Brookes: Stop Measuring a Passport’s Strength by Number of Visa-Free Countries

This article was contributed by Gareth Brookes I was flying back into Dubai the other evening and read an interesting article claiming that the UAE’s passport strength could one day overtake that of the UK. It was a very bold statement – presumably the article’s purpose – and it certainly got me thinking. I began

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Russian Tier 1 Investors in UK to Have their Visas “Reviewed” In Wake of Diplomatic Rout

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced her officials will be scrutinizing the files of some 700 Russian investors who have obtained residence permits in the United Kingdom through the country’s Tier 1 Investor visa program. The announcement, published in Quartz, follows a spate of news stories surrounding the alleged poisoning of former Russian double agent (now

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Michael Arrest Related to Bribery Investigation, Timothy Harris Cancels His Gatwick Transit

In an email (seen by the editor) sent from Patrick Reilly head of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Caribbean, Central America & Mexico Department and addressed to Antigua & Barbuda’s High Commissioner in London, Karen-Mae Hill, UK officials have elaborated on the background for Asot Michael’s arrest at London Gatwick earlier this week. The

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