The program is established under Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. This program targets high net worth individuals who are capable of making substantial financial investments in the U.K.

To be admissible for this program, the applicant must do one of two things. The applicant must have a minimum of 1 million British pounds in his or her own name, in a regulated financial institution in the U.K. or, the applicant must have 2 million British pounds in personal assets and 1 million British pounds that is loaned to him or her by a U.K. regulated financial institution.

To extend his or her status as an investor, the applicant must invest 750,000 British pounds of the 1 million British pounds in U.K. government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active U.K. registered companies. The remaining balance of 250,000 British pounds must either be used to purchase assets or placed in a deposit in a U.K. bank. The investment must be made within 3 months from the date the status as an investor is granted, and must be maintained throughout the period as an investor.

Applicants must submit the required forms and documents, undergo a biometrics test and pay the required fees.

For more information, please visit the government website:
http://www.ukba.homeofce.gov.uk./sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/tier1investorguidance1.pdf