Tier 1: Changes

Between 19 July and 30 July 2010, the UK Border Agency are prioritising work to implement the government's new policy on an interim immigration limit. It may have an impact on sponsor licensing and applications.
Between 19 July and 30 July 2010, the UK Border Agency are prioritising work to implement the government's new policy on an interim immigration limit. It may have an impact on sponsor licensing and applications.

Also from 19 July 2010, two important changes for Tier 1 (General) migrants come into force:

•the introduction of an interim limit for Tier 1 (General) applications made outside the UK, for the period until 31 March 2011; and
•an increase in the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application, from 95 to 100.

The interim limit will not affect:

applicants who are already in the UK (with current permission to stay in any immigration category);
dependants of Tier 1 (General) applicants; or
applicants to the Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study work categories of Tier 1.

Additionally:

•the points awarded to those with previous earnings of £150,000 have increased from 75 to 80; and
•the points awarded to those who have an eligible MBA have increased from 75 to 80.

These changes apply to all initial Tier 1 (General) applications paid for on or after 19 July 2010, whether they are made inside or outside the UK.

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