I hold a Tier1 General Migrant Visa issued in June 2009. I have made my entry to the UK on this visa in September 2010. Since August 2009, I am working as a contractor for a British Telecom Services Consultancy which is based in London UK. This consultancy provides telecom services to different telecom operators and vendors internationally. I am deployed from this consultancy to work on a project that is in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. The nature of the job is such that it requires me to be on customer premises. So from 2009, I have been based in Saudi Arabia through this consultancy. I would like to know now if I can apply for Tier1 General renewal given the fact that I have been employed with a British Firm but have been based overseas? I can lodge in my renewal application from within UK.
Below are all the details that you may need for complete immigration advice. Please let me know what would be your charges for an immigration advice? In case I am eligible, I would be interested in same day service application. I need your guidance on the exact documents that I would be needing for the renewal application?
Summary of my Initial Application
I had applied as for Tier1 General Migrant visa on March 28, 2009 thru the British Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. At that time, UKBA was accepting Tier1 applications from outside UK and Bachelor’s degree holders were eligible to apply based on the enforced rules till the above mentioned date. I had registered my biometrics at the visa application center on March 28, 2009. I was 28 years old at the time of application so I had claimed 10 points for my age. I hold a 4 years professional degree (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) from a university that is on UKBA database. So I had claimed 30 points for my qualifications. Furthermore, I had claimed 45 points for my earnings (more than 40,000 GBP a year). I had no UK experience at the time of my initial application so I didn’t claim any points for that. I claimed 10 points for English language proficiency as I had valid IELTS score of 7.5. My initial TIER1 General Migrant visa was issued on 24-June-2009 for 3 years.
My Current Status
I couldn’t travel to the UK on my Tier1 immediately after getting it due to some personal circumstances. In the meantime, from August 2009, I got an employment with a UK based telecom services consultancy firm that has an office in Woodfield London. This consultancy has projects with different telecom operators all over the globe. The project I was assigned to work on demanded me to be at customer premises in Saudi Arabia. Since that time I am working with them and am based in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. I am getting paid by them in Saudi Arabia. Since I am working as a contractor with them, the company has not been paying any tax on my behalf. Also since I am based overseas and am getting paid here, I haven’t paid any tax returns to NI.
My concern now is if I am eligible to apply for extension for Tier1 from within the UK? I know I wouldn’t be able to apply for an ILR but for the time being can I apply for extension of my visa? Secondly till the time I get eligible for an ILR, can I carry on applying for extension on Tier1 General or is there any cap or limits on the maximum number of extensions that one can have on Tier1 General category?
I would be substantiating my income from my 12 months bank statements and an income statement from a certified public accountant.