Tier 1 General: Highly Skilled Workers

Tier 1 General: Highly Skilled Workers

This route is for highly skilled migrants who are working, or are self-employed, to settle in the UK.

If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 1 General migrant, a Highly Skilled migrant, a Writer, Composer or Artist or a Self-employed lawyer, an application for indefinite leave to remain can be made up until 6 April 2018.  Family members may apply as dependents, but the Tier 1 General category is now closed to new applicants from outside the UK, applicants seeking further leave to remain and to individuals in any other immigration category within the UK.

Settlement applications: indefinite leave to remain as a UK highly skilled worker

In order to qualify for permanent residence in the UK as a Tier 1 General highly skilled worker, you will need to show that:

  • You have spent a continuous period of five years lawfully in the UK in a permitted category, of which the most recent period must have been spent with leave as a Tier 1 General migrant (if you received an HSMP approval letter issued on the basis of an application made before 3 April 2006 then the period may be 4 years);
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application, any absence was for a purpose consistent with your basis of stay (including paid annual leave) or for serious or compelling reasons and you can provide specified documents to evidence the reasons for the absences;
  • You qualify for either 75 points (if you have, or have had, leave under the Tier 1 General category before 19 July 2010; or if you are here as a Highly Skilled Migrant, a Writer, Composer or Artist, or Self-employed lawyer) or 80 points (in all other cases) for attributes (if you received an HSMP approval letter issued on the basis of an application made before 7 November 2006 then you need to demonstrate that you are economically active in the UK);
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the UK.

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