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December limit for Tier 1 (General) applications from abroad reached


Successful overseas applicants to wait till January 2011
8th December 2010: Successful overseas applicants under Tier 1 (General) will have to wait till January 2011.
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For December limit for Tier 1 (General) applications from abroad has been reached. In fact, the UK Border Agency has clarified that it will not issue any more visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas until the limit allocation reopens in January 2011.

On 19 July 2010, 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 switch into Tier 1 (General) from a different immigration category, or applications to extend to existing Tier 1 (General) visas.

The UKBA asserted: `The UK Border Agency administers the limit on a monthly basis. In order to avoid breaching the visa allocation for December 2010, we will not issue any more visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas until the limit allocation reopens in January 2011.

`If you are applying under Tier 1 (General) from abroad, you can still submit an application for Tier 1 (General) during this closure period. But if your application is successful, we will not issue a visa to you until the limit re-opens.

`If you currently have an outstanding Tier 1 (General) application, there may be a short delay in issuing your visa if your application is successful. For more information, see the Visa services section.

`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.

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