Important changes taking place

Important changes taking place to Tier 1 (General)

The UK Government closed the Tier 1 (General) category for new applicants in April 2011. The category is however still open for extension and settlement applications, for holders of permits in this category.

Important changes taking place

It is very important for current Tier 1 (General) holders to be aware of the fact that the UK Government intends to close this category for extension applications on 6 April 2015, and for settlement applications on 6 April 2018. According to the UK Government this should give enough time for applicants who entered this category to apply for settlement, should they meet the qualifying criteria.

Current Tier 1 (General) permit holders should also take note that the maintenance requirement for Tier 1 (General) extensions will increase from 1 July 2014. The maintenance requirement for the main applicant (in country for at least 12 months) will increase to £945 and for each dependent (where the main applicant has been in the country for at least 12 months) to £630 each.

Furthermore, if the application is submitted after 21 July 2014, you will be need to demonstrate that you have held the higher required maintenance amounts in your account for the full 90 day period, despite the rules only being changed on 1 July 2014.

If you need any further information on how this will affect your unique situation, or want to apply for your extension before the rule change take effect, please contact our offices without delay.

JP Breytenbach

Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited. or