Tier 1 General Highly Skilled Visa Extension (HSMP)


The Tier 1 Visa (General Highly Skilled) replaced the previous and popular Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) some years ago and allowed working in the UK for an initial period of 2 years without needing a job offer. This visa was probably the most popular work visa for the UK and offered the most flexibility as you could work for any employer in any capacity, including setting up your own business.

The Tier 1 General Visa was closed to all new applicants on 5 April 2011 and was closed for extension applications from April 2015.

In addition, Tier 1 General extension applications have not been accepted since April 2015 and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications from Tier 1 General visa holders will not be accepted from April 2018.

Tier 1 General visa holders who have a visa expiry date after April 2015 and who will need an extension to reach the ILR 5-year qualifying period are advised to extend their visa prior to April 2015.

If your application is urgent and you will be applying in the UK then we can offer Same Day Visa Processing at the Croydon PEO. Contact us for further information.

Qualifying Criteria for the Tier 1 Visa Extension

To qualify for the Tier 1 General Visa Extension you must meet the following criteria:

All time spent in the UK while holding Tier 1 General Visa status counts towards Indefinite Leave to Remain. After spending 5 years in the UK holding continuous Tier General, HSMP or Tier 2 General Visa status you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, also known as ILR or Permanent Residence.

Same-Day Visa Processing

If you need your application decided urgently and you are able to apply within the UK then we can offer a same-day service. Appointments need to be booked in advance and you should ideally allow at least 6 weeks notice. and the decision is usually granted on the day of the appointment. Your Qualified Immigration Consultant can attend with you at the Home Office. Please either contact us by clicking the link above or call us on the number in the footer of this website.

HSMP Visa holders in the UK

If you are currently in the UK with HSMP Visa status and you need an extension then the extension will be considered under the Tier 1 Visa rules that were in place prior to 30 March 2009. If you were approved for HSMP after 5 December 2006 then you will not need to evidence your English Language ability when making an extension application.

Your Dependants and Family Members.

Your dependants can be added to your Tier 1 General Visa at the time of application and they will all have to complete a PBS Dependants application form.

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