On 5 April 2015 the Secretary of State closed the Tier 1 (General) category. This route was aimed at highly skilled immigrants, wishing to relocate to the UK.
Nevertheless, anyone holding leave to remain as a Tier 1 (General) migrant is still able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. There is a strict deadline for any applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (or “settled status”) under this category – 5 April 2018, less than 6 months from now. Anyone who applies for settled status after this date will automatically be refused.
Dependants can still apply to join applicants who have obtained prior leave as Tier 1 (General).
If you hold a Tier 1 (General) migrant leave to remain, do not have excessive absences from the UK and can meet the specific Tier 1 (General) Indefinite Leave to Remain requirements, we strongly advise that you make arrangements as soon as possible to apply for settled status.
If you do not fulfil the requirements for settled status as a Tier 1 (General) migrant, you may still be able to qualify for leave to remain under a different immigration category.
Gherson has been providing business immigration services for the past 29 years and we are very experienced in all settlement and employment related visa applications. If you are Tier 1 (General) migrant and need further advise on your status, contact us now.
The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.