Saturday, July 03, 2010

UK Home Office clarification on changes to Tier 1 points

On 28 June the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that the pass mark for Tier 1 (General) will be increased from 95 points to 100 points from 19 July. Following a ‘number of enquires’ about who will be affected by this change, they have issued the following clarification:

‘If you are in the UK in one of the following categories and are applying to extend your stay in Tier 1 (General), you will need to score 95 points:
  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • Writers, Composers and Artists
  • Self-Employed Lawyers
‘If you are in the UK in any other category, for example Tier 1 (Post-study work), then you will need to score 100 points when you apply to switch into Tier 1 (General).

If you are applying from outside the UK, you will need to score 100 points.’

Source: UK Border Agency

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