Tier 1 (Post-study work) about to be abolished

The Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will close on 6th April 2012, Home Office has confirmed.

If you wish to apply for permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work), your application must be submitted by 5th April 2012.

Applications can be submitted by standard post, or by courier. If you post your application, the post mark must clearly show the application was submitted on or before 5th April 2012.

If you send your application by courier, it must be received at the UK Border Agency address shown on the application form by 17:00 on 5th April 2012.

Any application submitted on or before 5th April 2012, will be considered under the rules and guidance in force on 5th April 2012.

You must ensure that you can meet the full criteria before applying. These criteria are set out in the Tier 1 (Post-study work) policy guidance. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GUIDANCE.

If you have not completed your studies, or have not received confirmation that you have been awarded a qualification, you do not meet the criteria and any application for Tier 1 (Post-study work) will be refused.

From 6th April 2012, following the closure of Tier 1 (Post-study work), if you have graduated after studying in the UK, you can apply for leave to remain in the UK under other immigration routes if you meet the criteria.

You should read the relevant Working in the UK guidance on the UK Border Agency’s website about any alternative route you are considering, to understand the criteria you need to meet to apply for permission to stay in the UK.

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