Switch from Tier 4 student visa to Tier 1 Investor

If you have come to, or are approaching the end of your Tier 4 student visa, you may be wondering about your options going forward. One of the potential options open to you, should you be eligible, is to switch to the Tier 1 investor visa. In this article, we look at the options to switch to the Tier 1 investor visa and the eligibility criteria required to do so.

So who can switch to a Tier 1 investor visa?

If you are on any Tier 4 category, you will be eligible to switch to the Tier 1 investor visa. You will still need to meet the other strict eligibility criteria for the visa, but this is the first hurdle that you will need to jump to continue with the process.

You will need to switch to the visa before your current visa expires or you will need to leave the country to make the visa application.

How long can I stay on a Tier 1 investor visa?

You will be able to stay in the UK for a maximum of 3 years, but this can be extended if you meet the criteria for doing so. After 5 years you will then be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. If you need help with indefinite leave to remain then also please get in touch and we can help.

Can I apply online?

Yes, the application process can be done online. Though you will need to go to a branch of the Post Office in order to give your biometric data for your Biometric Residence Permit at a cost of £19.20.

How long does the visa application process take?

The process takes up to 8 weeks if made online or by post but this can be sped up to be done the same day if you use the Super Premium Service. As long as you applied before your visa expired, you will be able to stay in the UK to wait for a decision on your application.

What other eligibility criteria do I need to meet?

The reason that the Tier 1 investor visa is so good is that it requires you to have £2,000,000 investment funds available. Should that be no issue, then the process is reasonably straightforward. You will need to prove that the funds are yours and they will need to be held in a suitable financial institution.

How we can help

If you need help with switching visa routes then get in touch. Our immigration specialists are here ready to help you with many potential immigration issues.

So talk to us today about your personal situation and let us help to get you switched to a Tier 1 investor visa today. We can help you every step of the way.


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