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The UK Border Agency will stop accepting Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas from 00:01 on 23 December 2010, it was announced this week by Damian Green the UK Immigration Minister.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) the changes were necessary to ensure that they ‘do not exceed the limit set by the government for issued Tier 1 (General) applications between 19 July 2010 and April 2011’.

Tier 1 (General) overseas will be closed and will not reopen for applications, but Tier 1 (General) in the UK will remain open until 5 April 2011. There will be transitional arrangements beyond 6 April 2011 for some applicants who are already in the UK, and the UKBA will announce details of these in due course.

The news swiftly follows the Judicial Review court judgment last Friday brought by the JCWI on behalf of Tier 1 migrants.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

‘This ruling is about process, not policy – the policy of having a limit has not been found to be unlawful. The court’s ruling rests on a technicality, which we have set right today to ensure that from now on the interim limit is back up and running.

‘This judgment does not affect the annual cap in any way. The interim limit was a temporary measure introduced specifically to tackle a rush of applications ahead of the introduction of the annual limit.

‘As a result of the volume of applications received since the interim limit was introduced last July, no more Tier 1 visa applications from overseas will be accepted after 22 December.

‘The government remains firmly committed to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.’

The changes are set out in a new Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 698).

Damian Green has long been a critic of the Tier 1 visa, which replaced the HSMP scheme when the points based system was introduced, commenting that visa holders were not following the level of work expected for highly skilled migrants. 

The move is part of the overall plan by the coalition government to slash UK immigration.

UK Border Agency’s response to Judicial review loss on interim immigration cap

from within the EU labour market. 

See also:

Interim Immigration Cap unlawful High Court Judges Rule

New rules for Extended Student Visitor Visa for migrants studying English language courses

British MPs voice ‘profound concern’ over Home Office plans to bar foreign students

Special work permit application forms and guidance for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals published

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14 Responses to “UKBA to close Tier 1 Visa for overseas migrants”
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  1. Hello!
    I was try to applied UKBA as a writer under Tier (1) high skilled migrant visa application but must have to pay first for online UKBA visa application 1.060.00 EURO. I can’t afford the payments. I’m asylum seeker in France under process last three years. I’m an independent author and publisher. I’ve published two Crime Thriller Books on Amazon Kindle store early this month Dec 2012. Title name ” PIRATES OF THE GULF OF ADEN ” and ” SHREWD SPY ” please can someone help me get a visa under tier (1) high skilled migrant program.

  2. Actually we have applied for HSMP visa on 1st April 2011 but still haven’t got any reply so is there any specific processing time limit or can still take more time.

  3. hi
    this is srk, i got 3 years tier 1 general uk visa in the month of june,2008 that time i was 31 years old. my extension is due on aug,2011. i got 5 poins in age category at the time of initial application. now i heard from my others that, i cann’t gain 5 points in age category due to my age 34 years at the time of aug,2011. kindly give me the correct information whether i can gain 5 points or not.

  4. Chandresh Patel says :

    Hie, i am having my student visa under Tier4, and i am here in UK since 26th Sep,2010, and my visa is gona expire on 31st jan 2013. can you tell me is there any way so that i can apply for PSW?

  5. surekhabahen h. patel says :

    i have student visa & my visa finish on 22 nov 2011. i want know about new rules when they declare

  6. Tier 2 should still be open, but you will need to find a sponsoring employer, which will be more difficult.

  7. good morning dear concerned i am baljit i just want to know that i came in uk 5th nov 2009 and doing MBA degree will be complete after one year can i get work permit after completing my degree thanks

  8. Sumon Nath says :

    What option will available for t4 students if PSW STOPS.. Please give us a way to remain here ..,’?

  9. Factory or low skilled work (Tier 3) is not currently open to non-EU workers, which makes this so called job offer look like a SCAM.
    Check them out yourself or contact your embassy in London.

  10. i was applying as factory worker in my recruitment agency in london(jobs777)can i go and continue my aplication.and i also want to know if this agency is really legal.thanks,i need your reply asap.

  11. Check out the UK Border website section on ILR or residency

  12. D mathieson. says :

    what about fiance/marriage/settlement visa.? will this affect people from ukraine,who is planning to come to the U.K to marry loved ones who are british citizens already settled in the U.K,
    regards D.M

  13. gurmeet hundal says :

    this information was realy helpfull for me,i will be glad if you send me any information about permanent resident,[if any changes] thanks

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