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Everything you wanted to know about Tier 1, 2 pleas

Pass marks for Tier 1 (General) to go up from 95 to 100 points

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29 June 2010: The UK Border Agency has asserted that from 19 July 2010 the government will introduce a limit on the number of applications to Tier 1 (General) that it will consider in any one month. It will also increase the pass mark for Tier 1 (General), from 95 points to 100 points.

Applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. If you apply after the limit for one month has been reached, your application will be held and considered under the limit for the following month.


You will be excluded from the limit if you are already in the UK under Tier 1 (General) and you apply for an extension, or if you are already in the UK under another immigration category and you switch into Tier 1 (General).

You will not have to meet the increased points mark, if you are already in the UK in one of the following categories: Tier 1 (General), highly skilled migrant programme, writer, composer or artist, self-employed lawyer.

If you are in the UK in any other immigration category and you apply to switch into Tier 1 (General), or if you are applying from outside the UK, you will need to score 100 points.

On what will happen to your application if the limit is reached, the UKBA said the government will continue to accept applications during the interim limit period, although it will not process applications once the monthly limit has been reached.

Applications will be held in a queue, in strict order of their date of application.

Applications in the queue will be processed when the following month’s limit is opened.
If application numbers look likely to exceed the total limit for the whole of the interim period, it will alert you at the point of application that your application may not be considered under the interim limit rules.

The UKBA added the government will also introduce an annual limit on applications for Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system from April 2011.

An interim limit will be introduced from 19 July 2010 until the long-term limit is introduced in April 2011. The interim limit will apply only to the number of certificates of sponsorship that an employer can issue. Applications from migrants will continue to be assessed as normal.

From 19 July 2010, the government will introduce a limit on the number of certificates of sponsorship that each sponsor can assign to migrant workers under Tier 2 (General).

Sponsors may request additional certificates of sponsorship, using the sponsorship management system, while the interim limit is in operation. However, the government will only approve these requests in exceptional circumstances; the sponsor will need to show that it has used all its certificates of sponsorship and has a pressing need to issue further certificates of sponsorship.

Priority will be given to certificates of sponsorship required for extension applications and shortage occupations.

A number of certificates of sponsorship will be set aside for new sponsor licence holders.
Applicants who are in the UK in another immigration category and wish to switch into Tier 2 (General) will be included in the limit.

A migrant must have a valid certificate of sponsorship to make a Tier 2 application. If you have a valid certificate of sponsorship, you are inside the limit and your application will be assessed as normal.

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