Expansion into the UK – Immigration opportunities for overseas business, investors and entrepreneurs

January 11, 2017

Currently there are three key immigration routes for businesses and investors looking to expand into the UK.

Post the decision to leave the EU, the UK Government is keen to grow its non-EU trade relationships. Given that UK sterling has been trading much lower against most currencies since June 2016, foreign investors are also getting more for their money in the UK and at the July 2017 G20 summit, British Prime Minister May and President Trump expressed the shared aim of quickly agreeing a trade deal post-Brexit.

The three immigration routes listed below are specifically designed to facilitate investment in the UK whether by businesses or high-net-worth individuals – and most offer a route to permanent residence.  

Representative of an Overseas Business

In a nutshell: the Representative of an Overseas Business route has many advantages for a non-UK business looking to send a senior employee to establish its presence in the UK.

These include:

Requirements include:


In a nutshell: if you are a high-net-worth individual looking to relocate to and invest in the UK, the Tier 1 Investor route has the fewest requirements and can lead to settlement in the quickest time.

It has other advantages, including:

Requirements include:


In a nutshell: the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route opens the door for those with access to a smaller sum than under the Investor route, but the drive and ideas to make a business work.

Requirements include:


For further information, contact Jonathan Martin on +44 (0)20 3051 5711 or at immigration@abbisscadres.com.


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