Tier 1 General

Tier 1 General is not available for new applicants, and is only available, if you are already a holder of Tier 1 General visa.

Find out if you are eligible for this visa, fill our free assessment now!

Eligibility for an extension of a Tier 1 General visa

You can apply to extend your stay in the UK under Tier 1 General if you are already in the UK with permission to stay (known as ‘leave to remain’) in one of the following immigration categories:

  • Highly skilled migrant
  • Writer, composer or artist
  • Self-employed lawyer
  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), if you are eligible to switch into Tier 1 General.

If you are not in one of the categories above, you cannot apply to Tier 1 General.

How many points do you need?

You need to sum at least 95 points in total. You also currently have to have permission to stay in the UK as:

  • a Tier 1 (General) migrant under the Immigration Rules in place before 19 July 2010;
  • a highly skilled migrant;
  • a writer, composer or artist; or
  • a self-employed lawyer.

If you are in any other eligible category, your total points score must be at least 100 points (unless you are covered by the HSMP Forum judicial review judgement).

Your total score must include 10 points for English language skills and 10 points for maintenance (funds).

Complete our free online application form to find out if you qualify!


About Alliance Visas

Welcome to Alliance Visas. We are a registered migration and visa services firm. We are not the official body or affiliated with the government.

At Alliance Visas, we do not share your details with any third party. We provide a no obligation assessment without any cost to all applicants, please fill our assessment to find out your eligibility for a visa.

Eligibility Assessment

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