Changes to Tier 1 (General) scheme now in effect

The UK Border Agency has today implemented the rules changes to the Tier 1 (General) scheme for highly skilled migrants. From today individuals applying for their first grant of leave under Tier 1 (General) will not be able to qualify unless they have a UK Master’s Degree or equivalent. In addition, first time applicants can no longer claim any points for earnings of less than £20,000.

These rule changes will not affect those individuals who currently hold either an HSMP visa or a Tier 1 (General) visa. When these persons come to make their extension application, they will score points as they were available before today.

For more information regarding the changes, or to see if you qualify under the new rules, please use our Tier 1 (General) points calculator or contact us.