Earlier this year the UK Government has announced Tier 1 (General) will close for visa 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 before its closure, to apply for an extension and settlement, should they meet the qualifying criteria.
Existing Tier 1 (General) visa holders should note that there are now only about five months remaining for them to extend their current permission to stay in this category.
What are the criteria for an extension application in this category?
If you are at the end of your initial two or three-year period, and were last granted leave as a Highly Skilled Migrant, Writer, Composer or Artist, Self-Employed Lawyer or as a Tier 1 (General) Migrant under the rules in place before 19 July 2010, and you have not been granted leave in any other category under the rules in place since 19 July 2010, you must score at least 75 points for attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, UK experience).
If you do not fall into the group above, you must score at least 80 points for attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, UK experience).
In addition you must fulfill the English Language and Maintenance (Funds) requirement respectively.
BIC would like to advice current Tier 1 (General) holders who would like to extend their applications to contact Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants as soon as possible, in order to start the process.
For more information or advice in your unique circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us.