Tier 1 general is now closed to new applicants. However, it is still relevant as it is possible for people who are already in the United Kingdom under this category to apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) after having completed 5 years in this category or in combination with other categories.
Applicants applying for leave to remain under Tier 1 General are required to score at least a minimum amount of points depending on the date that they were first granted leave. Depending on the date, some applicants are required to score at least 75 points and some 80 points.
To apply, they need to score points based on their following personal circumstances or ‘Attributes’:
An applicant who wishes to claim points for their attributes needs to submit specific documents which demonstrate and corroborate that the applicant does in fact score the points that they are claiming.
Applicants also need to pass the Life in the UK test and meet the English language requirement.