Not to affect applicants already in UK with current permission to stay
20th July 2010: 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, the UKBA has reiterated
On increase in the points required for Tier 1 (General) applications, the UKBA has asserted: From 19 July 2010, the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application has increased from 95 to 100.
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.
The points requirement will remain at 95 points for applicants who are currently in the UK under one of the following highly skilled worker categories: Tier 1 (General); Highly Skilled Migrant Programme; Self-employed lawyer; Writer, composer or artist