Monday, 19 July 2010

Changes to Tier 1 (General) visa applications- Temporary Limit

Today two vital changes were implemented to the Tier 1 (General) for those migrants applying under this category.

Temporary Limit on the Number of applications until April 2011

The Increase in the number of points required for Tier 1 from 95 to 100

In this post I will outline the details of the temporary limit and procedural changes:

The UKBA is administering the limit of applications under Tier 1 (General) HOWEVER the process remains the same as before. If you submit a Tier 1 (General) Application, meet the requirements and the monthly limit has not been reached you will be issued the visa in the same way.

If you submit a Tier 1 (General), meet all the requirements but the monthly limit has been reached then the UKBA will defer your application to the next month when the limit allocation is open again.

Under the new rules if you submit an application and you do not meet the requirements then your application will be dealt with even if the monthly limit has been reached. It is important to note that you CAN still submit an application when the limit has been reached.

The process will essentially be on a first come first serve basis and applications will be dealt with in the order in which they are received.

The temporary limit will not be applying to people who are already in the UK, dependents of a Tier 1 Visa Holder and Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study work categories of Tier 1.

I can foresee many operational issues with the way the UKBA has approached this process, for example when you submit the application you need to submit your passport and many people who will be applying need to travel and now need to take into account the possibility of delays and when considering travel plans it is very hard to confirm any time frames.

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