Sadly, Tier 1 Investor visa is now abolished and this UK immigration option is no longer available. This blog post is made available for historical purposes only.
As you start your Tier 1 Investor visa application process, your UK immigration adviser may suggest exploring alternative options to the mainland UK.
Mainland UK are the British Isles that consist of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.
The islands of Guernsey and Jersey (officially referred to as Bailiwick of Jersey) are Crown Dependencies. This means they are not part of the UK and the British Government is responsible for their defence and international representation.
Notwithstanding, these islands are free to set up their own immigration regime under Tier 1 Investor visa.
These are much smaller islands than the British Isles situated in the English channel and responsible to promote their respective economies and entice substantial investments.
The rule of thumb is if you are looking to establish your UK residence rights in the UK, perhaps, it is more suitable to apply for the Tier 1 Investor visa in the UK instead of the Crown dependency.
However, your circumstances, goals and aspirations may vary, therefore, it is advisable to discuss these options that are available to you with your own UK immigration adviser like myself.
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Saule Voluckyte, M.A.E.S, LL.B, FAIA
I have been working exclusively with UHNWI in Mayfair, London since January 2008. I built specialist knowledge and expertise required to serve ultra high net worth individuals investing, operating and relocating to the UK or Switzerland.
Within the industry, I am the single adviser who is able to traverse the different areas of expertise and bring a comprehensive approach across: global structuring, UK immigration, international taxation and FOREX to develop their global wealth strategy, while they build, grow and expand their wealth worldwide.
Previous experience as one of the senior advisors for the government, made me a go-to person when delicate and uncomfortable scenarios involving heads of state need to be handled with care and preserve privacy.