Immigration Update – closure of Post Study Work Visas

13 March 2012

Tier 1 (Post Study Work) will close to new applicants on 5 April 2012.

UKBA is planning to introduce new provisions under Tier 2 General for graduates who would previously have been eligible to apply under Tier 1 (Post Study Work).

In accordance with the normal Tier 2 General requirements, applicants must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed sponsor and be paid at least £20,000 or the minimum appropriate rate set out in the relevant Code of Practice. However, the employer will not have to complete a resident labour market test and the jobs will not be subject to the annual limit on Tier 2 numbers.

Tanya Laidlaw comments “the closure of Tier 1 (Post Study) will close a popular route for UK immigration. Many who found they were eligible previously for Tier 1, will not be eligible for Tier 2”.

Students wishing to remain in the UK post study should contact Tanya Laidlaw.