On 19 July 2010, the UK Government introduced a limit on the number of initial applications that can be issued under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011. The limit does not affect applications from dependents or applications to extend existing Tier 1 visas.
The UK Border Agency administers the limit on a monthly basis. In order to avoid breaching the monthly allocation for October 2010 we stopped issuing visas for Tier 1 (General) on 20 October. The new limit for this month has opened today, 1 November 2010, and we are now restarting the granting of visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received at post in so far as that is operationally possible.