The interim limit for Tier 1 (General) applications made at British posts abroad has already been reached for this month. Last month’s limit was reached by 20th October with outstanding applications being held over until the 1 November and this has clearly contributed to the limit being reached at an even earlier point this month. It is highly likely that, next month, the interim limit will be reached within the first week of December given that outstanding applications from November will have to be considered before any new applications. This also indicates that there may soon come a point when no new Tier 1 (General) applications will be considered until the permanent immigration limits and methods of operating them are introduced in April 2011. In light of the abov

e, it is essential that any new out-of-country Tier 1 (General) applications are submitted as soon as possible and in any event no later than 1 December to have any chance at all of being considered in December’s limit. Prospective Tier 1 (General) applicants planning to enter the UK in the first few months of next year should also consider submitting their applications without delay as these may be carried over for several months before being considered.

Applications from within the UK for Tier 1 (General) extensions or to switch into Tier 1 (General) from another immigration category are not affected by the interim limit.