Home Office written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that those establishing residency in the UK via a Tier 1 visa pass strict checks.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

In 2015, we introduced new, more stringent measures on our Tier 1 (Investor) route before applicants can invest in the UK. These changes ensure that migrants are subjected to stronger due diligence and anti-money laundering checks before they are granted a visa. We also doubled the minimum required investment and removed a provision which allowed migrants to invest money which had been obtained through loans. We created new powers to refuse applications including where granting the visa is not conducive to the public good.

On the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route, we have introduced a number of measures which ensure that migrants must demonstrate that they have made an economic contribution to the UK before they can settle.

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