False representations: Tier 1 (General) earnings concerns
The Home Office has issued guidance on false representations relating to earnings in Tier 1 (General) applications, aimed at caseworkers considering settlement applications by migrants who have previously held Tier 1 (General) leave. This includes Tier 1 (General) settlement applications under paragraph 245CD of the Immigration Rules and Long Residence settlement applications under paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules. This guidance applies where there are concerns about the earnings an applicant has relied on in a current or earlier Tier 1 (General) application.
The guidance has been issued as a further response to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Balajigari v SSHD  EWCA Civ 673 and should be read in context with other Home Office guidance relating to the general grounds for refusal, in particular the guidance on false representation.