Reminder for applicants in the UK to apply for Tier 1 before it is too late

As a reminder, until the end of March 2011, there is no limit on the number of Tier 1 (General) visa applications that can be made from within the UK. This is now the only way in which you can apply for a Tier 1 (General) visa.

It has not been possible to make Tier 1 (General) visa applications from outside of the UK since 23 December 2010 when the Tier 1 (General) limit was reached. There remains a possibility that a successful legal challenge may mean that in future the interim limit will in future no longer be lawful.

You can apply to remain in the UK under the Tier 1 visa if you are already in the UK in one of the following immigration categories:

You should serioiusly consider applying now to immigrate to the UK as a highly skilled migrant. After March 2011, it will be almost impossible to emigrate to the UK as a skilled migrant without a job offer.

From April 2011 there will be major changes to the Tier 1 schemes. The Tier visa categories that will be available will be the Tier 1 entrepreneur scheme, the Tier 1 investor scheme and a new 'exceptional talent' Tier 1 visa scheme. It will be almost impossible to come under the exceptional talent visa. It also seems likely that the Tier 1 Post Study Work visa will be abolished soon.

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