At a Glance 

The festive season’s buzz has been all about the Tier 1 Investor visa placing us in a disinformation hurricane. The hasty and unforeseen suspension of the Tier 1 visa announced by Caroline Nokes, on the 6th of December, had temporarily caused confusion while leaving many of those wishing to apply for the visa in limbo. The mainstream media had picked up and spread the news within hours, it wasn’t until 5 days later that Sajid Javid was forced into a u-turn and an apology for failing to secure cabinet approval before his department announced the suspension of the Investor Visa scheme. With the interest of our clients in mind Astons contacted the Home Office and subsequently received the following confirmation: “The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended, however, the Government remains committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

In this time the Home office were still accepting applications, despite the misinformation from the press about the 7th of December deadline.

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Caroline Nokes suspends Tier 1 Visa Deadline to submit last applications announced by press Home Office confirms that there is no suspension of the Tier 1 Visa Tier 1 Investor Visa Remains in Use Home office Reforming the route

A coincidence or a well thought out strategy by the UK Home office?

The quick trigger response by the Home Secretary to suspend the Tier 1 investor program has had many people questioning the intentions of the government with some suggesting that this was a bold manoeuvre to produce a clamour for ‘last chance visas’, therefore resulting in an instant money injection for the government.

Current situation before possible new legislation?

Whilst the Home Office improves on the “following collective agreements” they say that they are still committed to “reforming this route” to settle in the UK. This will result in all applicants facing the scrutiny of independent regulated auditors to check their financial interests and to ensure that they have had control of funds for at least 2 years.

As it stands, fast track-settling in the UK remains open, however, it is not guaranteed to stay open especially given the temperamental attitude from the Home Office. Now is not the time to hesitate and Astons is in the perfect position to assist you in your UK settlement aspirations. Call immediately for a free consultation.

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Astons Law prides itself on providing a full range of legal services to the highest level and has built a reputation on providing unprecedented legal and procedural UK Immigration advice, legal support for businesses, as well as dealing with all types of litigation issues and disputes and handling contentious trust and probate work.

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