The Tier 1 General visa category was closed for extensions as of 6 April 2015 and therefore any application for extension of Tier 1 General visa must have been made to the Home Office on or before 5 April 2015.

ILR under Tier 1 General visa category is only possible before 6 April 2018 and it will no longer be possible to apply for ILR on or after 6 April 2018.

Those who are on Tier 1 General migrant visa and cannot apply for ILR as a Tier 1 General migrant can switch into other visa categories. You can switch from Tier 1 General Migrant visa to any of the following categories depending on meeting the relevant requirements of the category you wish to switch into:

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  • Tier 1 Investor
  • Tier 2 General
  • Tier 2 Minister of Religion
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson
  • Application as PBS Dependant of another PBS Migrant
  • Spouse Visa as a spouse of a settled person
  • Civil Partner visa as a civil partner of a settled person
  • Unmarried Partner visa as an unmarried partner of a settled person
  • Same Sex Partner Visa as a Same Sex Partner of a settled person
  • Residence Card as Family Member of an EEA national exercising treaty rights in the UK
  • ILR under the 10 years long residence category if during the validity of your Tier 1 General leave you have completed 10 years long residence
  • Application for leave to remain as a parent of a child who is British Citizen
  • Application for leave to remain as a parent of a child who has lived in the UK continuously for 7 years
  • Application for leave to remain on the basis of private life

Should you wish to discuss any or all of the options listed above, you can call us on 020 8543 0999 and arrange an appointment for detailed immigration advice.


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Sunrise Solicitors Limited

228 Merton High Street
South Wimbledon
London SW19 1AU

Telephone: 020 8543 0999

Fax: 020 8543 0900


Sunrise Solicitors is the trading name of Sunrise Solicitors Ltd and is registered under company registration no. 6405492. The registered office is at 228 Merton High Street, South Wimbledon, London SW19 1AU. A list of Directors and other members of staff is available for inspection at the registered office. Sunrise Solicitors are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA Registration No. 490903 and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Sunrise Solicitors are also members of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.