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Following up on our previous blog in April 2014, this is a brief reminder that it will no longer be possible to submit a Tier 1 (General) extension application after 6 April 2015 .
All those who are able to do so, should submit their extension application prior to this date in order to ensure they may continue to reside and work in the UK under this category. Applicants will be granted sufficient further leave to bring their total leave up to five years, at which point they will be eligible to apply for settlement, otherwise known as indefinite leave to remain, subject to meeting all the other requirements.
Applicants may continue to apply for settlement any time prior to 6 April 2018, after which point it will no longer be possible to obtain settlement in this category.
The Home Office will assess what provisions are needed for indefinite leave to remain applications once all extension applications have been processed after 6 April 2015 and will consider making adjustments in a future Statement of Changes.
As a reminder, migrants will need to meet the strict residency requirements of keeping their absences from the UK below 180 days per year in any 12 month period over the five years preceding an application for settlement, counting backwards from the date of submission of the application.
With the latest Statement of Changes, the government has confirmed that it will not be possible for those with Tier 1 (General) status to switch into the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, unless they have already established a business prior to 6 April 2015.
Should you have any questions, please contact a member of our immigration team.
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