Tier 1 General
This category allows highly skilled people to look for work or self-employment opportunities in the UK. Tier 1 (General) migrants can seek employment in the UK without a sponsor, and can take up self-employment and business opportunities here. This category is now closed to applicants who are outside the UK. However, you can apply to extend your stay in the UK under Tier 1 (General) if you are already in the UK with permission to stay (known as ‘leave to remain’) in one of the following immigration categories:
- highly skilled migrant
- writer, composer or artist
- self-employed lawyer
- Tier 1 (General)
- Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), if you are eligible to switch into Tier 1 (General).
You must be at least 75 points for attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, and UK experience), 10 points for English language and 10 points for maintenance if you currently have permission to stay in the UK as:
- a Tier 1 (General) migrant under the Immigration Rules in place before 19 July 2010;
- a highly skilled migrant;
- a writer, composer or artist; or
- a self-employed lawyer.
In all other cases you must score at least 80 points for the attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, and UK experience), 10 points for English language and 10 points for maintenance.
Please feel free to contact a member of friendly and helpful team for advice should you wish to apply for a Tier 1 (General) visa.