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 April 5, 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

Currently, 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.

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 April 5, 2018 deadline.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.