UK immigration has changes:
Changes for immigration policies announced by the Home Office on Thursday.
In relation to Tier 1 Investor, the changes are as follows:
- For Tier 1 Investor, in addition to the usual GBP 2,000,000. Applicants must have opened an investment account at a UK financial institution. Historically applicants need only to open investment account after they entered the UK. Therefore, that means clients need to show their source of wealth before their visa applications.
- Migrants holding visas (including Tier 1 migrants) can be asked by the Home Office to show evidence that they are in compliance with their immigration conditions. Migrants can also be called to attend interview. This is to ensure that the migrants are complying with the conditions of their visas. For Tier 1 Investor visa, this chiefly means they have made the relevant investment.
- Increased criminality threshold. When applying for indefinite leave to remain, historically the threshold is that if migrants have a criminal conviction, they will be barred from applying for indefinite leave to remain.
- The policies were widened the definition to include ‘admission of guilt’. The means if someone has accepted a police caution/warning (which are not criminal convictions), they could be barred from applying for indefinite leave to remain.
The above will be effective from 6 April,2015