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Tier 1 PSW Scheme: apply now before closure!!

26 January 2012

The UK Border Agency has now confirmed that the Tier 1 Post-Study Work scheme will be closed in  April 2012. This is unfortunate, since most foreign graduates having spent money and effort to complete and gain their UK degrees will not be eligible to remain in the UK in other existing categories.

Thus, we would strongly encourage any UK graduate to submit a postal or same day application as soon as eligible to apply under this scheme. Please note that, as an applicant, you must score a minimum of 75 points, which could be achieved in the following categories:


To be awarded points for education, you must have completed a recognised UK bachelor's or postgraduate degree  or a Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification from a recognised Scottish institution. Please note that a professional or vocational qualifications will not be awarded points.

Institution Recognition

There are a total of 20 points in this category. To qualify, the educational institution, where you studied for your qualification, must be an approved Tier 4 education provider.

Previous Immigration Status

The qualification must have been obtained whilst in the UK in one of the following UK immigration category:

-       Tier 4 holder

-       Student

Date of the application

If your application is submitted within 12 months from the date of obtaining the qualification, you might be eligible for 15 points in this category. An applicant will also need to meet the maintenance requirement.

The Post-Study Work is granted for up to a maximum of two years and further extensions are not permitted. However, you might be eligible to switch into the Tier 2 Scheme having received an offer of a graduate level  job from a sponsoring employer.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.