The United Kingdom is a very attractive country to live in thanks to its high standard of living, stable economy and great career and personal growth opportunities. Even after leaving the European Union, or despite it, the United Kingdom remains one of the most popular destinations for immigration. Let’s take a look at the most common relocation options.
Immigration through education
The simplest, albeit far from the cheapest, way to immigrate is through education. First of all, students have a unique opportunity to get a high-quality education, which in itself is a good investment in their future, regardless of which country they plan to live in. As of summer 2021, all university graduates are eligible to apply for a two-year graduate work visa. Those who decide to use this route for immigration should prepare financially since a student will need to pay the tuition, the rent, and personal expenses for the entire period of their studies. While studying, the student is eligible for a part-time job, which can help with personal expenses. But a part-time job is not always possible, especially if you plan to study at a prestigious educational institution in an in-demand speciality. The school will take the lion’s share of your time, leaving no time for a part-time job. The average cost of studying for one year is 20 thousand pounds. Some programs are cheaper (11-12 thousand), and there are much more expensive ones at 40-60 thousand.
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Immigration through work
Work is the second option for those who decide to move to the UK. If you have received a job offer from an employer in the UK, and your profession is on the list of acceptable occupations for immigration, you can obtain a Skilled Worker visa. This method does not require a large investment, you only need to show you have the money to accommodate the family members you bring with you. Suppose you are a qualified professional and your speciality is on the list of in-demand qualifications in the UK. In that case, you can get an invitation from a UK company more easily. For example, if you are a biochemist or an engineer.
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Immigration through Investment
One of the easiest ways to become a British citizen is to invest in the country’s economy. If you have £ 2 million, you can get an investor visa and enter the country as soon as possible. The government will ask to confirm the origin of such a large amount of money. You don’t even need to be fluent in English. The downside, in this case, is that you can not use the invested funds for the next five years. But after five years, the UK government allows the use of these assets. The investor visa allows both work and study. And you can get a permanent residence permit in 2 years (with investments of 10 million), three years (with investments of 5 million) or five years (with investments from 2 million).
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Immigration for Entrepreneurs
Suppose you are an entrepreneur and have an interesting business idea for an innovative product or service that is not yet on the market. In that case, you can start your journey to the country through a start-up visa if you don’t have a lot of money, or through an innovator visa, if you already have a £50,000 investment. This visa is issued to those who open their business in the UK for the first time. Though, a startup visa by itself does not lead to immigration. Still, after two years, it gives the right to switch to another type of business visa, the innovator visa, allowing you to stay longer in the United Kingdom and develop your business.
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A talent visa is a special way to immigrate to the UK. It is available to talented people from several fields (science and research, digital technology, arts and culture). The visa allows you to apply for permanent residence in the UK after three or five years, depending on the path you have chosen and the review takes only three weeks.
Let’s imagine that you have chosen one of these ways to immigrate and are actively moving towards your goal. To obtain a British passport, you need to live there for a year after receiving the UK Permanent Residence Permit (ILR). You will receive a permanent residence permit in the UK (ILR) under the following basic conditions:
- 10 years of legal residence in the UK
- Five years of being in the country on a work or business visa
- Five years of living in the country as a legal spouse or permanent partner of a UK citizen.
There are other conditions for obtaining permanent residence and citizenship that can be discussed in each case with an immigration lawyer.
The UK maintains dual and triple citizenship, so new UK citizens will not need to relinquish previously acquired citizenships in other countries.
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