The UK’s point based visa system caters for South Africans that do not have birth or marriage ties to the UK.

Tier 1 category of the visa system is known as the “highly valued” immigrants. Those who have qualities that will positively impact the UK’s economy (quickly).

This Tier 1 category has evolved from the previous “highly skilled” point based system – previously known as the Highly Skilled Migrant Program / Tier 1 General visa – which no longer is available to South Africans – effective December 2010.

There are currently three provisions available under these Tier 1 cases:

    1. Innovator visa
    2. Tier 1 Investors
    3. Global Talent Visa
    4. Start up visa

Innovator Visa

South African business owners with access to £50 000 startup capital can consider this option feasible. Endorsement is required by appointed Endorsement bodies in the UK.

These Endorsement bodies serve to confirm business viability and scalability in the UK. To find out more, please be encouraged to contact us.

Tier 1 Investors

This particular visa makes provision for applicants with access to a minimum of £2 000 000 (that’s right, two million Pounds) cash savings. South Africans with liquidity of this this amount can qualify to earn British nationality (and get a British passport). The only complication is that the above said cash savings have to be transferred to a UK bank account (and held there for a minimum of 6 years).

It is a beautiful opportunity for those South Africans (with cash) looking at getting British citizenship (and don’t have birth or marriage ties to the UK).

The Global Talent Visa

This particular provision asks the question:

Are you a leader (or potential leader) in your field of studies?

More importantly, are you internationally recognized as a leader in your field? 

The UK are looking to welcome South Africans who are leaders in the field of research, arts and culture as well as digital technologies.

To qualify for this visa, applicants have to first be endorsed by UK appointed governing bodies. These need to confirm that you have potential to contribute greatly to Science, Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Medicine and Digital Technology.

We tend to find that PhD holders, who have tested theories in their field of expertise attracts the international accreditation that South Africans need to qualify.

If you have a PhD and are looking for further information, please be encouraged to contact us