Tier 1 (Post Study Work) came into effect on
28th June 2008 and is designed to allow the UK to retain the most able
international graduates who have studied here. Post-study workers are
free to look for work without having a sponsor for the length of their
The category provides a bridge to highly
skilled or skilled work. If an applicant is granted permission to stay
as a post-study worker, they are expected to switch into another tier
of the points-based system as soon as possible.
Candidates can apply under the post-study
worker category now if they are either in the United Kingdom with
permission to stay under the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
(SEGS), International Graduates Scheme (IGS) or Fresh Talent: Working
in Scotland Scheme (FT: WISS); or currently in the United Kingdom as a
student, which includes students, student nurses, students re-sitting
examinations; and students writing up a thesis.
In order to be accepted into the post-study
worker category, applicants must pass a points-based assessment.
Applicants MUST score:
* 75 points for their attributes-- applicants must
have been awarded either a HND from a recognised Scottish Institution
OR a UK recognised bachelor degree (or a UK postgraduate certificate
in education), or master’s degree or PhD; obtained from a UK
institution on the list of recognised bodies, listed bodies, a Scottish
institution or licensed under tier 4 on the register of sponsors. The
award must have been granted within the12 months prior to the
application submission date; and
• 10 points for English language; and
• 10 points for available maintenance (funds)
-- see below.
If an applicant does not score the minimum of
75 points for their attributes,10 points for English language, and 10
points for available maintenance (funds), the application will be
The amount required for maintenance is
dependent on where the application location and the number of
dependants (spouse and children under 18) also applying.
Applicants must show a balance of a minimum of
£800 in a current or instant access savings account at all times over a
three-month period prior to the date of application. They will also be
required to show a minimum of £533 per dependant for the same period
(e.g. a family of four - £800 [main applicant] + £533 x 3 [dependant
family members] = a minimum balance of £2,399 to be shown over the
All evidence must be dated no more than one
month before the application is submitted.
Applicants applying outside the UK must show
they have a balance of at least £2,800 in their account at all times
over the three-month period. Applicants will also be required to show a
minimum of £1,600 per dependant for the same period (e.g. a family of
four -- £2,800 [main applicant] + £1,600 x 3 [dependant family members]
= a minimum balance of £7,600 to be shown over the three-month
All evidence must be dated no more than seven
days before the application is submitted.
Evidence must be in the form of cash funds.
Other accounts or financial instruments-- for example, shares, bonds,
pension funds, regardless of notice period-- are not acceptable.
Applicants already in the UK may apply under
the transitional arrangements provided they are in the UK and their
current or last grant of leave was under any of the following schemes:
• Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
• International Graduates Scheme (IGS); or
• Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
Applicants granted less than two years' leave
under the International Graduates Scheme or Science and Engineering
Graduates Scheme will be able to apply to the post-study worker
category under the transitional arrangements. The arrangements allow
applicants to obtain up to two years' leave under a combination of
their previous scheme and post-study worker.
Applicants here under the Fresh Talent:
Working in Scotland Scheme (FT: WISS), usually have been granted two
years' leave at the beginning and so do not need to apply for any
transitional arrangements. However, if any applicants were given less
than two years' leave under the FT: WISS, it is possible to apply
according to the transitional arrangements in the post-study worker
category to get a total of two years' leave under a combination of
their FT:WISS and the post-study worker category.