Academic and financial requirements of the General and Post-Study Work categories in Tier 1 become more stringent 19 March 2009: Starting 31 March 2009, the academic and financial requirements of the General and Post-Study Work categories in Tier 1 of the points-based system will get more stringent.
If you are applying for permission to enter the United Kingdom in the Tier 1 category for the first time, or are applying to switch into the Tier 1 category from another category on or after 31 March 2009, you will have to abide to the new rules.
If you apply on or before 30 March you should continue to use the current rules.
Anyone applying for an extension of their permission to stay under Tier 1 will not be affected by the changes.
Applicants outside the United Kingdom seeking entry clearance must have at least £2,800 of personal savings, which must have been held for at least three months prior to the date of application.
Applicants in the United Kingdom seeking further leave to remain must have at least £800 of personal savings which must have been held for at least three months prior to the date of application.
The earnings multiplier for overseas earnings will still apply for initial applications only. There has never been a provision for overseas earnings to be multiplied at extension stage.
The changes to the Post-Study Work category mean that applicants will not be awarded points for Postgraduate Diplomas or Postgraduate Certificates other than Postgraduate Certificates in Education.