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Tier 1 Post Study Work Scheme: good news for prospective applicants!

21 March 2011

On 7 December 2010, Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, announced that:

'This government wants high-calibre students with the genuine desire to study to come to our country to come for temporary periods, and then return home. We want to hear views of our proposals from a wide range of people so that our reforms meet this objective.'

As part of the overall intention to reduce net migration, the UK Border Agency also unveiled  the closure of the post-study route under Tier 1 Scheme.

However, the Statement of Changes on the Immigration Rules (HC863) published on 17 March 2011, is silent on the abolition of this particular Scheme. The only amendments likely to be introduced are that where the academic institution is removed from one of the relevant lists, points will not be awarded for any award completed after the date the institution was from removed. In addition, points will not be awarded for qualifications obtained while the applicant was in breach of the UK's immigration laws.

Please note that although the Tier 1 Post-Study workers will be able to switch in country under the Tier 2 Scheme, they will not be eligible to switch into the Tier 1 General Scheme as the transitional arrangement post 6 April 2011 will only apply to those who have already leave in this capacity or under the HSMP, Writers, Composers, Artists and Self-employed Lawyers.

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