The Border Agency today completed the introduction of Tier 1 of the Points Based System. Tier 1 is now active under all sub-categories, for both in-country and out-of-country applications. With the full roll-out of Tier 1, the following categories have been closed:

  • The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)
  • Business people
  • Writers Composers and Artists
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
  • Innovators
  • Investors
  • Self-employed Lawyers

No applications under these categories can now be considered. Anybody currently in the UK under one of the above categories would need to apply for an extension under an appropriate Tier 1 sub-category.

Readers should note that the precise date of this change had not been announced in advance. UK Work Permits will be revising content on the website to reflect the changes. This process should be completed within the next few days.