Tier 1 General to close for ex

Tier 1 General to close for extensions and settlement

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

Tier 1 General to close for ex

However, the UK Government has now announced that it intends to close this category for extension applications on 6 April 2015, and for settlement applications on 6 April 2018.

The UK Government said that this should give enough time for applicants who entered this category to apply for settlement, should they meet the qualifying criteria.

The UK Government also announced other changes and extensions to Tier 1, which will come into effect during 2014, including;

  • The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category will be expanded to include talent in the digital technology sector;
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applicants who have spent time in other immigration categories, will be able to use this time as counting towards settlement;
  • In the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category, the ring-fencing of places for MBA graduates and the current restrictions on participants’ graduation dates will be removed;

For more information on how the changes will affect your unique situation, please contact a BIC consultant.

JP Breytenbach

Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.

www.bic-immigration.com or info@bic-immigration.com