Changes to Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) scheme now in effect

The UK Border Agency has today implemented the rules changes to the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) scheme for highly skilled migrants. From today, individuals applying under this category must have recently completed one of the following UK qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree;
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) from a Scottish institution;
  • A Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).



From today, individuals with Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates (apart from PGCEs) will no longer qualify for the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Scheme. This change in rules does not affect those individuals who are currently on the International Graduates Scheme (IGS) and would be entitled to an additional year’s leave under Tier 1 (Post-Study Work). These persons will still qualify for that additional year.

For more information regarding the changes, or to see if you qualify under the new rules, please use our Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) points calculator or contact us.