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Life After Post-Study Work?. Clare Best and Hazel Carling - Visa Guidance Team 31 st March 2011. Immigration options for the future. Current Position (1) – Tier 1 (PSW). Tier 1 (Post Study Work) category will close from April 2012 (exact date not yet specified)

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Life after post study work

Life After Post-Study Work?

Clare Best and Hazel Carling - Visa Guidance Team 31st March 2011

Immigration options for the future


Current position 1 tier 1 psw
Current Position (1) – Tier 1 (PSW)

  • Tier 1 (Post Study Work) category will close from April 2012 (exact date not yet specified)

  • Students who are awarded before this will be able to apply in this category

  • Same criteria – must score 95 points (75 points for attributes + 10 for English Language + 10 for maintenance)

  • Length of visa still 2 years from date application is processed


Current position 2 tier 1 psw
Current Position (2): - Tier 1 (PSW)

  • Visa allows holder to remain in UK for 2 years without restrictions on employment

  • Not necessary to have an employer in order to apply - can still be looking for work

  • Not linked to a particular sponsor so holder can change employer or work for employer without Tier 2 licence

  • Can be self-employed


Proposed changes

Proposed Changes

Highly Skilled Workers


From april 2011
From April 2011…

  • Tier 1 (General) will be ‘replaced’ by:

  • Tier 1 Investors

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneurs/Potential Entrepreneurs

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

  • All categories can lead to settlement (permanent residence) after max 5 years


Tier 1 exceptional talent who qualifies
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)–Who qualifies?

  • To qualify applicants need to score a minimum of 75 points for Attributes and 10 points for English Language

  • 75 points are based on the applicant holding an endorsement by a ‘Designated Competent Body’

  • List of ‘Designated Competent Bodies’ to be published on UKBA website (by 06/04/11?)

  • Limited to 1000 visas per year in this category (700 science/300 arts)

  • Applicants need to apply for Entry Clearance in this category


From april 2012
From April 2012….

  • Tier 1 (PSW) will close

  • New Category of Tier 2 (General) for recent graduates recruited into jobs that are on Graduate Occupations List

  • Possible to ‘switch’ in UK from Tier 4 (General) but only if valid application made before Tier 4 visa expires


From april 20121
From April 2012…

  • Tier 2 for recent graduates not subject to Tier 2 quota which applies to other Tier 2 migrants

  • If ‘Graduate Occupation’ applicants still need to meet all standard Tier 2 requirements but will NOT be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test

  • Minimum salary needed will be £20,000 (but must also be ‘Graduate Occupation’ to qualify)


In summary
In Summary

  • Exceptionally Talented’ or Investors/Entrepreneurs may still qualify under Tier 1 without sponsorship

  • Post-Study work closing April 2012

  • Possible to switch into Tier 2 but MUST have graduate level job to do so

  • Full Details will be published on UKBA website at some stage before April 2012


Useful websites
Useful Websites

  • http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/

  • http://www.ukcisa.org.uk

  • http://www.southampton.ac.uk/sais/visa/index.shtml

    We aim to keep you up to date with changes as they happen!