Tier 1 Visa Cap already reached for November

The UK Border Agency yesterday announced that the limit for Tier 1 General visas has been reached for the month of November 2010, and that there will be no more Tier 1 visas granted from outside the UK until the 1st of December.

This is probably due to the fact that those applications received after October’s cap was reached, have been pushed out to the following month, meaning the chances are good that each month the limit will be reached sooner. This of course follows the Government’s interim cap placed on Tier 1 visas issued from outside the UK earlier in the year.

“Those who want to enter the UK on a Tier 1 visa should try to get their application in as soon as possible.” urges Robyn Cory, Visa Manager at 1st Contact.

“As each month’s limit is reached, the backlog is expected to build up exponentially, leaving thousands of applications without any chance of reaching “the front of the queue, unless the Government makes changes to the policy in the near future.”

Get the Assistance You Need

A 1st Contact consultant can assist you and guide you through the entire process, assuring that when your application is submitted, everything is correct and you stand a better chance of being approved once your application reaches the processing stage.

Start right now by gathering all the relevant information:

  • Two recent colour passport photos;
  • Your valid current passport;
  • Your original University Certificate;
  • Proof of your previous earnings, which must include proof from two separate sources;
  • Proof of English language ability if you are not from a majority English speaking country;
  • Proof that you have had at least £2800 in your bank account over the three-month period prior to your application.

Exemptions to the Cap

The interim visa cap does not apply to those extending their stay in the UK under Tier 1, nor does it affect those who wish to ‘switch’ their status in the UK – for example it does not affect persons switching from a work permit or Tier 2 visa into the Tier 1 category.

When you have gathered all the information listed above, speak to a 1st Contact visa consultant on 080 8141 1644 (UK Office) 0800 003 163 (SA Office) or 1800 039 300 (AUS Office). Alternatively send an email to visas@1stcontact.com.