The Tier 1 (Post Study Work) scheme closing in April 2012 – don’t miss your chance to apply!

The Tier 1 (Post Study Work) scheme is aimed at graduates from UK institutions who wish to stay in the UK after completing their course of study. The visa is issued for two years and offers the most freedom of any current work-related visa: you can work as self-employed, as an employee in any position or a combination of the two. For more information, see our main Tier 1 (Post Study Work) article here.

We can normally obtain a Premium appointment at the Croydon Public Enquiry Office within 3 – 4 weeks. A decision on the application is then made within 48 hours of submission, compared to a processing time of around 10 – 12 weeks for a postal application. We suspect that the processing time for postal applications will increase further, due to the increased number of applications submitted before the scheme is abolished.

Please note that the closure of the category will be final. Tier 1 (Post Study Work) applications can usually be made up to 12 months after the date of award, however closure of the category will cut short this window of opportunity for potential applicants.

You don’t need to have your original certificate to make the application – we can provide you with a ‘tried and tested’ template for the letter from your University, as part of our service, to ensure that you meet the UK Border Agency’s strict requirements.

The application must be made by April 2012, but we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, as our Premium appointment requests are filling up quickly.

Alternatively, we can help with a postal application, with a processing time of around 10 – 12 weeks. It is important that you get this application right first time as the deadline approaches – there may not be time to reapply if you initially make an unsuccessful application on your own.

Please contact us for a free initial assessment of your case.