United Kingdom: Tier 1 Cap Met for October 2010
The United Kingdom’s new cap on the number of Tier 1 (General) migrants has been met for October 2010. The UK Border Agency will not adjudicate Tier 1 (General) applications or issue visas in this category until November 1. Applications submitted after the cap was met will be held in abeyance until that time.
The United Kingdom’s new cap on the Tier 1 (General) immigration category has been met for October 2010. Until November 1, when new cap numbers will become available, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will suspend the issuance of visas and the adjudication of pending applications for the Tier 1 (General) category. Applicants can still submit new Tier 1 (General) applications, but UKBA will hold them in abeyance until November 1, when they will be placed at the head of the processing queue and count towards the cap for November. Applicants will not need to submit new supporting evidence covering the time between the date the application was submitted and the date the application is considered.
This is the first time that a cap has been reached since a temporary numerical limit on foreign workers admitted to the UK was implemented on July 19, 2010. This temporary system will remain in place until April 1, 2011, when it will be replaced by a permanent cap system that is currently being developed. The Tier 1 (General) category is a self-sponsored category that allows highly skilled migrants to come to the UK to seek work or self-employment opportunities.
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