December limit is reached for Tier 1 (General) applications from abroad
On 19 July 2010, the UK government introduced a limit on the number of initial applications that can be issued under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011.
The limit does not affect applications from dependents or applications to switch into Tier 1 (General) from a different immigration category, or applications to extend to existing Tier 1 (General) visas.
The UK Border Agency will not issue any more visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas until the limit allocation re-opens in January 2011.
Applicants outside the UK
If you are applying under Tier 1 (General) from abroad, you can still submit an application for Tier 1 (General) during this closure period. But if your application is successful, the UK Border Agency will not issue a visa to you until the limit re-opens.
If you currently have an outstanding Tier 1 (General) application, there may be a short delay in issuing your visa if your application is successful.
Applicants inside the UK
If you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (General), or to switch into Tier 1 (General) from another immigration category, the limit does not affect you. If your application is successful, your permission to stay will be issued as normal.
If you have any questions regarding the above or need to understand how these changes will affect you, please send an email to one of our London immigration lawyers or at firstname.lastname@example.org.