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Tier 1 - Post Study Work

The Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) category aims to retain the most able international graduates who have studied in the United Kingdom. It will also enhance the United Kingdom’s overall offer to international students.

Successful applicants will be free to seek employment without having a sponsor for the duration of their Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) leave.
This category provides a bridge to highly skilled or skilled work. Individuals with Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) leave will be expected to switch into another part of the points based system as soon as they are able to do so.

Successful applicants in the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) category will receive a single grant of leave for two years.
No further or subsequent grant will be made under Tier 1 (Post-Study Work).
Applicants in the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) category will not be able to apply to extend their leave in the United Kingdom.
An applicant who has previously been granted entry clearance or leave to remain as a participant in the International Graduates Scheme, or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme, or as a participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme will not be able to apply for entry clearance under Tier 1 (Post-Study Work).


Under Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) initial applicants must score:

  • 75 points for attributes; and
  • 10 points for English language; and
  • 10 points for maintenance (funds)

This route is currently closed.





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