As reported in our immigration update yesterday, the UK Border Agency has today stopped granting visas to those applying to come to the UK under Tier 1 (General).

The monthly limit for that category has been reached globally and as a result no new Tier 1 (General) visas can be issued from any British Embassies or Consulates until 1 November 2010. Applications that have already been submitted and meet the points criteria for the category but have not yet been approved will be held over until 1 November 2010 without applicants being notified. Those applications that fail to meet the points requirements will be refused as normal.

The Kingsley Napley immigration team anticipate a backlog of Tier 1 (General) applications awaiting approval on 1 November 2010, meaning that November's monthly global limit is likely to be reached even earlier in the month. Those planning to submit an application for entry clearance to the UK under Tier 1 (General) should plan the timing of their submission carefully and use priority processing options where available to give their application more chance of being approved in the month they submit it.