Move to avoid breach of visa allocation for October 22nd October 2010: The UK Border Agency has asserted: `On 19 July 2010, the UK government introduced a limit on the number of visas that can be issued to overseas applicants under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011.
`The limit does not affect applications from dependents, applications to switch into Tier 1 (General) from a different immigration category, or applications to extend existing Tier 1 (General) visas.
`The UK Border Agency administers the limit on a monthly basis. In order to avoid breaching the visa allocation for October 2010, we will not issue any more visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas until the limit allocation reopens on Monday 1 November 2010.
`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.
`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.