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Applicants: Annual Tier 2 limit announcement

04 April 2012

Rules have been laid in parliament confirming changes to Tier 2 of the points based system.

Following the Migration Advisory Committee report in October 2011 to advise on the 2012-13 annual limit for Tier 2 and associated policies, the government has after careful consideration, announced that:

  • The Tier 2 (General) limit will remain at its current level of 20,700 for the next 2 years until April 2014.
  • The skill level required by migrants who wish to work in the UK will increase. This means th...
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Employers: Premium service for sponsors - Tiers 2 and 5 launched

04 April 2012

The UK Border Agency is launching the premium customer service for sponsors on 6 April 2012.

The service has been developed to offer companies that sponsor international workers an enhanced level of customer service. The benefits include a dedicated contact point within the agency and access to public enquiry office appointments.

This is an optional package of benefits which will mean a more responsive service for both large corporations as well as small and medium sized business, who can also apply for greater support.

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Applicants: Tier 1 (Post-study work) applications to remain in the UK will not be accepted after 5 April 2012.

03 April 2012

On 6 April 2012 the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will close. If you wish to apply for permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work), your application must be submitted by 5 April 2012.

Applications can be submitted by standard post, or by courier. If you post your application, the post mark must clearly show the application was submitted on or before 5 April 2012.

If you send your application by courier, it must be received at our address shown on the application form by 17:00 on 5 April 2012.

Any a...

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Applicants: Tier 1 (Post-study work) applications will not be accepted after 5 April 2012.

03 April 2012

On 6 April 2012 the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will close. If you wish to apply for permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work), your application must be submitted by 5 April 2012.

Applications can be submitted by standard post, or by courier. If you post your application, the post mark must clearly show the application was submitted on or before 5 April 2012.

If you send your application by courier, it must be received at our address shown on the application form by 17:00 on 5 April 2012.

Any a...

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Guidance: Visa matches, asylum claims from UK visa applicants: instruction

Updated: Updated document.

UK Visas and Immigration asylum instruction for how it handles applications for asylum from people who have a visa (or electronic visa waiver) to come to the UK or have applied for one.

 
Applicants: Support for victims of domestic violence extended

02 April 2012

Help for migrants forced to flee their relationships, as a result of domestic violence is being made permanently available from 1 April 2012.

Eligible spouses and partners will be granted a limited period of exceptional leave by the UK Border Agency. This will give access to public funds and support services, allowing victims to leave an abusive relationship and apply for residence in the UK.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

'Domestic violence is a terrible crime affecting people of all ages and backgr...

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Applicants: New versions of application forms if you apply on or after 6 April 2012

01 April 2012

On 5 April 2012 we will publish new versions of some application forms. You should use the new forms if you apply on or after 6 April.

The forms are:

  • Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur);
  • Tier 1 (General);
  • Tier 1 (Investor;
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) ;
  • Tier 1 (Post study work) - form removed because this category has closed to new applicants;
  • Tier 2;
  • Tier 4 (General);
  • Tier 4 (Child);
  • Tier 5 (Temporary worker);
  • ...
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Form: Application for UK visa under Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)

Updated: Updated document

Use these documents with Form VAF9 or the equivalent online form if you are applying for a visa to come to the UK under Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme). These documents are for people who are applying outside the UK.

You should read the policy guidance, as well as the ‘Guide to supporting documents’ on this page.

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