Earlier I published a post about moving to UK on Tier 1 General visa. And looking at the response to that post, I thought it’s useful to publish the latest on Tier 1 General visa.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently mentioned the changes that will take place in April 2011 which include a permanent immigration cap on skilled immigration, a new exceptional talent visa, and new criteria for skilled workers with a job offer and intra-company transfers. There will in effect be significant changes in the rules for sponsoring non-EU workers. In addition the Tier 1 General skilled immigration visa will in effect end on 6 April 2011.
From 6 April 2011, there will an annual limit of 20,700 Tier 2 visas and 1,000 visas for the new ‘exceptional talent’ visa category. The exceptional talent visa will replace the popular Tier 1 (General) highly skilled immigration route.
So if you are thinking about applying for Tier 1 General Visa, either you do it now before 6th April 2011, or forget it!