Changes In UK Points Based System From 19th July 2010

20 Jul 2010


On 19th July, 2010, UK Border Agency has introduced two important changes for migrants making initial applications under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system:

  1.  Interim Limit for Tier 1 (General) applications made outside UK until 31 March 2011
  2. An increase in the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application from 95 to 100.

On 19 July 2010, the UK government introduced a limit on the number of initial applications from outside the UK that can be granted under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011. The interim limit will not affect applicants who are already in the UK with current permission to stay in any immigration category, dependants of Tier 1 (General) applicants or applicants to the Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study categories of Tier 1.

From 19 July 2010, the number of points required for an initial Tier 1 (General) application has increased from 95 to 100. Additionally:

  1. Points awarded to those with previous earnings of £150,000 have increased from 75 to 80; and
  2. Points awarded to those who have an eligible MBA have increased from 75 to 80.

These changes apply to all initial Tier 1 (General) applications paid for on or after 19 July 2010, whether they are made inside or outside the UK.

The points requirement will remain at 95 points for applicants who are currently in the UK under one of the following highly skilled worker categories:

  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • Self-employed lawyer
  • Writer, composer or artist

Between 19 July and 30 July 2010, the UK Border Agency's sponsor licensing and management units are prioritizing work to implement the government's new policy on an interim immigration limit.


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