Tier 1 General is a immigration permission for highly skilled
migrants which allows an individual to work for any employer in the
UK or on a self employed basis (except as a Doctor in Training). It
is has therefore been very useful for those not wishing to be
restricted to one within your global business, new hires
already living in the UK or those who obtained Tier
2 ICT permission after 5 April 2010 who wish to settle in the UK in
the future. In order to qualify, an individual must score 80
points through an assessment of their attributes (education,
earnings, UK experience and age), meet the maintenance requirement
(£800 at all times in the 3 months before an application is
made) and meet the English language speaking
The Tier 1 General scheme will close for in country applications
on 5 April 2011, although transitional provisions will be put in
place for those who are already on the scheme. This
is the last chance to switch those already in the UK to
this flexible type of immigration permission. CMS Cameron McKenna
LLP have a 100% record of making successful Tier 1 General
applications and would be happy to assist. Please
contact Louise Carson who will arrange for a solicitor to call
for an initial consultation.
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