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Interim limits for Tier 1 (General) applications

20 July 2010

The UK Border Agency has decided to operate the limit on a monthly basis. Further guidance has now been published on the UKBA website.

If your application meets all the requirements and the limit has not been reached for the month when you applied, the British Embassy or Consulate will issue you a visa and endorse your current passport in the usual way.

If your application meets all the requirements but the limit for that month would be exceeded, the application will be deferred to the next month when the limit allocation reopens. You can still submit your application even when a monthly limit has been reached.

All applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, as far as operationally possible. When making any travel plans, you should expect that your application may take longer than normal if the limit is reached.

The interim limit will not be applied to people who are already in the UK, dependants of Tier 1 applicants or the Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study work categories of Tier 1 but only to applications made under the Tier 1 General Scheme.


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