UNITED KINGDOM: Settlement Applications Closed to Tier 1 (General) Migrants after 5th April 2018

February 22, 2018

Overseas nationals in the UK under the Tier 1 (General) category will no longer be permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5th April 2018.


Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system was a category aimed at ‘highly skilled migrants’ who wished to come to the UK to live and work, including self-employment, without requiring a sponsor.

The category was closed to new applicants in 2011, remaining open until April 2015 only to those making an extension application.

Eligibility for ILR

A Tier 1 General migrant may be eligible to apply for ILR if they have met all of the following criteria:

  • Lawfully resided in the UK for five continuous years
  • Have not been outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 month period during the five year qualifying period
  • Passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test
  • Scored a sufficient number of points in the points-based system in the areas of age, knowledge of the English language, education and earnings

Our Advice

Holders of a Tier 1 (General) visa who wish to make an application for ILR must check that they meet the requirements and submit their application before the 5th April 2018 deadline.

For advice and information on immigration to the United Kingdom in general, please email us at enquiries@newlandchase.com