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Applications for extension as a Tier 1 General was officially closed on the 5th of April 2015.
Individuals who seek to make an application for an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom as a Tier 1 General Migrant is required to make the application before the 6th of April 2018. In a situation where the individual was not able to make the ILR application prior to the closing date (06-04-2018) for certain reasons, he/she is permitted to make an application from within the UK to switch to other visa categories and get an ILR for other reasons in the United Kingdom. The individual can still seek an extension prior to the 6th of April 2015 even though he/she holds a valid long term visa.
If you are in the United Kingdom with leave under any of the visa categories listed below, you are authorized to make an application for extension of stay under the Tier 1 (General):
  • writer, composer or artist
  • highly skilled migrant
  • Tier 1 (General)
  • self-employed lawyer
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), on the condition that you are permitted to make a switch into the Tier 1 (General).
If you hold a valid visa to reside in the United Kingdom in any of the categories listed below, you are required to get a minimum of 95 points.
  • a Tier 1 (General) migrant in accordance to the Immigration Rules in existence prior to the 19th of July 2010;
  • a self-employed legal practitioner (Lawyer)
  • a highly skilled migrant;
  • a writer, composer or artist.
If you hold visa in any other permitted category, you are required to score a total of 100 points except you are protected by the judgment of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) Forum Judicial Review.
You will be required to score 10 points for English Language as well as 10 points for maintenance fund included in you total score.
You will score points if you are authorized to reside in the United Kingdom as a: Tier 1 (General) Migrant in accordance to the Immigration Rules existing prior to the 6th of April 2010; a writer, composer or artist; a self-employed legal practitioner (Lawyer); or a highly skilled migrant.
  • If you are aged below 28 years you will score 20 points
  • If you are aged 28 or 29 years you will score 10 points
  • If you are aged 30 or 31 years you will score 5 points
  • If you are aged 32 years and above you will not score any point.
If you hold visa in any other permitted category, you can score points as thus:
  • If you are aged below 30 years you will score 20 points
  • If you are aged from 30 to 34 years you will score 10 points
  • If you are aged from 35 to 39 years you will score 5 points
  • If you are aged from 40 years and above you will not score any point.
Earnings gotten from employment or from being self-employed can earn you up to 80 points.
If you were issued entry clearance into the United Kingdom as a Tier 1 (General) migrant in accordance to the Immigration Rules in existence prior to the 6th of April 2010, you will score points for earnings as thus:
  • 5 points for a previous earning of £16,000 to £17,999;
  • 10 points for a previous earning of £18,000 to £19,999;
  • 15 points for a previous earning of £20,000 to £22,999;
  • 20 points for a previous earning of £23,000 to £25,999;
  • 25 points for a previous earning of £26,000 to £28,999;
  • 30 points for a previous earning of £29,000 to £31,999;
  • 35 points for a previous earning of £32,000 to £34,999;
  • 40 points for a previous earning of £35,000 to £39,999;
  • 45 points for a previous earning of £40,000 or higher.
If you hold visa in any other permitted category, you can score points for earnings as thus:
  • 5 points for a previous earning of £25,000-£29,99;
  • 15 points for a previous earning of £30,000-£34,999;
  • 20 points for a previous earning of £35,000-£39,999;
  • 25 points for a previous earning of £40,000-£49,999;
  • 30 points for a previous earning of £50,000-£54,999;
  • 35 points for a previous earning of £55,000-£64,999;
  • 40 points for a previous earning of £65,000-£74,999;
  • 45 points for a previous earning of £75,000-£149,999;
  • 80 points for a previous earning of £150,000 or higher.
In accordance to the Immigration Rules in existence on from the 31st of March 2009 to the 5th of April 2010, you will not receive any points if you have a previous earning that is less than £20,000 and:
  • A United Kingdom Tier 1 (General) visa was issued to you;
  • Authorization to switch from a category not listed into the Tier 1 (General) category was issued to you; (the listed categories are: Tier 1 (General) Migrant in accordance to the Immigration Rules existing prior to the 6th of April 2010; a writer, composer or artist; a self-employed legal practitioner (Lawyer); or a highly skilled migrant)
Allowances would be added as part of your previous earnings evaluation by the Home Office if it is supposed to be a part of your salary package and you were not repaid after you have previously spent money on reasons the allowance were to be paid for.
For your allowances to be accepted by the Home Office it has to be made known on your pay slips while also stating in your employment contract that your employer is obligated to pay these allowances.
If you seek to make an application for an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK under the Tier 1 General category, you should do so 28 days prior to the completion of your five years of residence in the United Kingdom. If you came into the United Kingdom within 90 days after the issuance of your entry clearance under Tier 1 General or Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) your period of stay starts counting from the date in which the Visa was issued. However you can count your residence period from the date of your entry if you entered the United Kingdom after 90 days of the issuance of your visa.
In a situation whereby your application for an extension of the Tier 1 General leave is rejected by the UKBA, you might be permitted to lodge an appeal against the decision, if your application was made prior to the expiry of your visa and you did not hold a valid visa at the time your Tier 1 General application refusal decision was made. You are required to lodge a notice for appeal to the First Tier Tribunal in no more than 10 working days after the letter of refusal was received. In a situation where you were not permitted to make an appeal for the rejection of your Tier 1 General application, you are still permitted to appeal against the refusal decision of the Home Office via Judicial Review in High Court.
For you academic qualifications you can amass up to 50 points. Note that points are only allocated for one qualification.
You will score points if you are authorized to reside in the United Kingdom as a: Tier 1 (General) Migrant in accordance to the Immigration Rules existing prior to the 6th of April 2010; a writer, composer or artist; a self-employed legal practitioner (Lawyer); or a highly skilled migrant.
  • If you have a Bachelor’s Degree you will score 30 points
  • If you have a Master’s Degree you will score 35 points
  • If you have a PhD you will score 50 points.
If you hold visa in any other permitted category, you can score points for your qualification as thus:
  • 30 points for a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 35 points for a Master’s Degree
  • 45 points for a PhD
No points will be allotted for a Bachelor’s Degree if, in accordance to the Immigration Rules in existence prior to the 31st of March 2010:
  • You were issued visa as a Tier 1 General to come into the United Kingdom; or
  • You were authorized to make a switch from an Immigration category not listed above into the Tier 1 General category.
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