Switch to this visa
You may be able to switch to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.
You should apply before your current visa expires.
Who can apply
You can apply to switch to this visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you’re already in the UK under one of the following categories:
- Tier 1 (General)
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
- Tier 1 (Post-study work)
- any Tier 2 category
You must leave the UK and make your application from abroad if you’re in another category.
How long you can stay
You can stay a maximum of 3 years after switching to a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. You can also extend your visa if you’re eligible.
How to switch
Read the full guidance on the Tier 1 (Investor) visa before you apply.
You can apply online.
You can also use the super premium service.
Each person applying must also pay £19.20 to have their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be told how to do this after you’ve applied.
You’ll get a biometric residence permit if your application to switch your visa is successful.
How long it takes
You should get your visa:
- within 8 weeks if you apply online or by post
- usually on the same day if you use the super premium service
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example because:
- your supporting documents need to be verified
- you need to attend an interview
- of your personal circumstances, for example if you have a criminal conviction
Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.