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Tier 1 General

The Tier 1 (General) 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, and to migrants who are already here in most other immigration categories.

Eligibility Criteria

Your total points score must be at least 95 points 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.

If you are in any other eligible category, your total points score must be at least 100 points (unless you are covered by the HSMP Forum judicial review judgment).

Your total score must include 10 points for English language skills and 10 points for maintenance (funds).

Pointing Criteria

The points available are as follows:

Criterion Points available
Age 5 to 20
QualificationBachelors degree

Masters degree

PhD

30 to 5030

35

50

Previous Earnings 5 to 80
UK Experience 5
English Language Eligibility 10
Maintenance 10

 

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