The UK Tier 1 (General) Skilled Migration Visa Assessment is unavailable as the Tier 1 Programme has been permanently closed.
As of 5 April, 2011, a UK immigration cap was put into effect and the Tier 1 (General) skilled visa programme was closed.
As a result, the only remaining visa for independent skilled migrants to apply for is the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. Unfortunately, this visa is all but impossible to obtain and has been capped at being for just 1,000 people a year.
Further information and our response to the UK immigration cap and the closure of the skilled visa programme can be found on the UK Visa Bureau blog, but please find a summary of the changes below.
What other changes have been made as a result of the UK immigration cap?
Further changes have been made to drastically change the UK immigration landscape. A cap has also been placed on the Tier 2 visa which limits the number of non-EU migrant workers that all UK employers can hire to just 20,700 a year.
While UK entrepreneur visas, UK investor visas and Tier 2 intra-company transfer visas will be outside the immigration cap, intra-company transfer arrivals will ONLY be permitted to stay in the UK for longer than 12 months if they are earning £40,000 a year or more.
Additionally, intra-company transfer visas will be restricted to five years and no longer lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).