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TIER 1 General - Highly Skillled People

In December 2010, changes in legislation closed this category to new applicants; it now only remains as leave to remain for people already in the UK. Those who already have leave to remain under this category and wish to extend it and those who presently have leave to remain in the immigration categories of highly skilled migrants, writers, composers and artists,andself-employed lawyersare the only individuals who can apply for leave to remain as a Tier 1 (General) migrant.

Further alterations have been applied to the Tier 1 (General) category that increase the previous earnings and age thresholds for those wanting to extend their leave to remain.