It’s a sub-category of Highly Skilled Worker in which Tier 1 (General) applies to highly skilled potential migrants searching for a job or wishing to become self-employed in the UK, this category has been replaced with Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). Applicants to Tier 1 (General) are awarded points for attributes including age, previous or prospective salary and qualifications. Applicants must score at least 75 points for primary attributes and 10 points each for English language and having the necessary funds to ensure maintenance in the UK. Applicants do not need to have a formal job offer made by a licensed UK employer in order to apply under this category.
The current Highly Skilled Migrant Programme has been phased out over the course of 2008 and highly skilled migrants already in the UK now come under Tier 1 of the new points-based system.
You do not need a sponsor for Tier 1 (General) Migrant of PBS.
How to Make Your Application for Tier 1 (General)
About Financial Matter
You must be able to show that you've enough funds to support yourself and any dependants. For the main applicant this is £2,800 with a further £1,600 needed for each dependant accompanying you or planning to join you within 12 months of your arrival in the UK. These amounts must be held in your personal bank account for a minimum period of 3 months, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence immediately preceding and dated no more than 1 month prior to the date you submit your application. The balance should not fall below the required minimum at any time during the 3 month period. See also the Maintenance part of the question below telling you what documents you will need to include with your application.
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