November limit is reached for Tier 1 (General) applications from abroad
On 10 November 2010 the UK Border Agency announced that the limit for Tier 1 (General) applications from abroad had been reached for the month of November 2010.
The new rules were announced on 19 July 2010, when the UK government introduced a limit on the number of initial applications that can be issued under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011. The limit does not affect applications from dependents or applications to extend existing Tier 1 visas.
The UK Border Agency administers the limit on a monthly basis. In order to avoid breaching the visa allocation of 600 for November 2010, no further visas for Tier 1 (General) applications will be issued in November. It is still possible to submit an application for Tier 1 (General) during this closure period. However, if your application qualifies against the rules, you will not receive your visa until we begin issuing again on Wednesday 1 December.
If you currently have an outstanding Tier 1 application, there may be a delay in issuing your visa if your application qualifies against the rules. This new limit on Tier 1 (General) applications makes it all the more important that prospective applicants have the best possible immigration advice and assistance when considering making these applications. Contact us today on 020 8401 7352 for your free 30 minute telephone assessment.
Applicants inside the UK
If you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (General), or to switch into Tier 1 (General) from another immigration category, the limit does not affect you. If your application is successful, your permission to stay will be issued as normal.