Record number
of Tier 1
Investor visas

The first three months of 2017 has seen a record number of Tier 1 investor visa applications since 2014.

The increase in the number of Tier 1 Investor visa applications made outside of the UK during this quarter suggests that global interest in the UK as an investment hotspot is not only continuing but actually increasing, despite Brexit.

The minimum investment requirement of £1 million was doubled in October 2014 which cut application numbers by almost three quarters across the board. The new figures, however, reveal promising growth since then, with interest from Chinese nationals continuing to recover and more applications coming from Canada and Mexico than ever before.

In contrast, applications from Russian nationals have steadily declined over the past few years and this year shows a continuation of this trend.

Out of country Tier 1 Investor visa applications for Q1 2014 – 2017:

Country2014201520162017
Afghanistan2200
Armenia0100
Australia1101
Azerbaijan3102
Bangladesh1010
Brazil4210
Burma1000
Canada2114
China85111227
Dominica2000
Egypt2003
Hong Kong10118
India3221
Indonesia0001
Iran1101
Iraq3201
Israel0130
Japan3010
Jordan1100
Kazakhstan4120
Kenya0001
Kuwait3020
Lebanon1001
Libya3100
Macau2000
Malaysia1102
Mexico1015
Monaco0100
New Zealand1000
Nigeria1100
Pakistan1202
Philippines0101
Russia461276
Saudi Arabia4121
Singapore2001
South Africa1011
St. Kitts and Nevis2110
Taiwan0001
Tanzania1000
Turkey0103
Ukraine1310
United Arab Emirates0000
United States13121
Uzbekistan0010
Venezuela1000
Yemen0300
Totals213574275


Data provided by Office for National Statistics, accessed on gov.uk in Visas data tables volume 2

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