Tier 1 (Post-study work)

The Tier 1 (Post Study Work) category aims to retain the most talented international graduates who have studied in the UK. The Tier 1 (Post Study Work) route will close from April 2012, as a result of this it is important that as soon you are able to meet the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) criteria you should apply.

Under Tier 1 (Post Study Work) you are not required to be sponsored. If your application is successful you will be granted a period of leave for two years. In order to qualify for a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) you will need to obtain 95 points, points are awarded for the following:

  • 75 points for attributes (Table 9 in Appendix A of the Immigration Rules); and
  • 10 points for English language (Appendix B of the Immigration Rules); and
  • 10 points for maintenance (funds) (Appendix C of the Immigration Rules)

Points under attributes are awarded as follows: Qualification = 20 points

You will need to have successfully completed a course resulting in either:

  • A recognised UK bachelor's degree
  • A recognised UK postgraduate level degree
  • A UK postgraduate diploma or certificate

An HND qualification from a recognised Scottish institution Institution = 20 points:

The educational institution must be either: A recognised or listed UK institution included on the Tier 4 sponsors register.

Immigration status in the UK during period of study = 20 points:

The qualification must have been obtained during a period when you were in the UK and you had valid leave as a:

  • Tier 4 Student Visa
  • As a dependent of another main applicant in the UK.

Date of award Qualification = 15 points:

You can claim 15 points if your qualification was obtained within 12 months immediately before your application for a Tier 1 (Post Study Work)

English language = 10 points

If you meet the 75 marks for attributes (above) you will satisfy the English language requirement and be awarded 10 points.

Maintenance = 10 points

If the application is submitted in the UK, you must have £800.00 of available funds which you must have held for a consecutive 90 day period before the date of your application. If you are outside the UK and submitting an application you must have £2,800 of available funds which you must have held for a consecutive 90 day period before the date of your application