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Changes to the Tier 1 General Scheme: in country and entry clearance applications.

05 July 2010

On 19  July 2010, the UKBA's changes to the Tier 1 Scheme will come into effect. The caps, however, will ONLY apply to entry clearance applications outside the United Kingdom. These changes place an interim limit on the number of applications for the Tier 1 (General) category which may be granted during a specified period of time. The limit, 5,400 slots, will not apply to applications for leave to remain under Tier 1 (General) or any application under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) sub-categories.

However, it is important to note  that the higher threshold to be introduced on 19 July 2010 will affect both in country and out of country applications. In particular, these changes increase the threshold for qualifications, previous earnings, experience and age to 80 points.

The only exception are migrants who already have leave as a Tier 1 (General) migrant and are applying to extend that leave or are seeking to switch into Tier 1 (General) from one of the predecessor routes for highly skilled migrants.


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