Please note that from 6th April 2012 the Tier 1 Post Study Worker route is closed by the UKBA.

Tier 1 Post study workers are a bridge to Highly skilled or skilled worker. Post study workers are free to look for jobs without having a sponsor for the length of leave.

Eligibility to Apply

An applicant needs to fulfil the following criteria;

1. Applicant must be in UK with permission to stay under Science and engineering graduates scheme or International Graduates scheme or Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

2. In the UK as a student (which includes students, student nurses, student re-sitting examinations and student writing up a thesis)



United Kingdom qualification

Applicant can claim 20 points for any of the following qualifications;

a. UK recognised degree at Bachelors or Masters level.

b. UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education including Professional Graduate Diplomas in Education obtained in Scotland. It is not necessary for the awarding body to be a UK recognised body.

c. Higher National Diplomas from a Scottish Institution. The institution at which you studied for your HND must be a Scottish institution.

Following qualifications are not considered for awarding points;

a. Foundation Degrees

b. Honorary Degrees

c. Qualifications awarded in UK by overseas awarding bodies

d. Qualifications undertaken in overseas campuses of UK institutions

e. Professional and vocational qualifications

f. Postgraduate Certificates or Diplomas

Studied at United Kingdom Institution

Applicant can claim 20 points for qualification from a United Kingdom institution. That institution must be any of the following ;

a. United Kingdom recognised or United Kingdom listed body; or

b. Scottish publicly funded institution of further or higher education, or at a Scottish genuine private institution which keeps satisfactory record of enrolment and attendance; or

c. Must hold a sponsor licence under the Tier 4 of the Point based system

Immigration status at the time of application

20 points can be awarded if the applicant shows that in their period of study or research, the applicant had permission to enter or stay in the United Kingdom as a ;

a. Student

b. Student nurse

c. student re-sitting an examination

d. student writing up a thesis

e. dependant of someone with leave in any category that allows dependants to join them in the United Kingdom

Date of award of qualification

Applicant can claim 15 points for the qualification for which points are claiming is obtained with in last 12 months immediately before your application for permission to enter or stay as a Post study worker. The important thing to note is that date on which you were first notified in writing, by the awarding institution, that the qualification has been awarded is the date on which the qualification was obtained. The date of award is not the date of graduation.

10 points for English Language

If the applicant successfully scored 75 points for their attributes, which are a United Kingdom qualification, studying at a United Kingdom institution, your immigration status during United Kingdom study/research and the date of award of qualification, then the applicant satisfy the English language requirement.

10 points for Maintenance funds

10 points for available maintenance funds £800 in the Bank account for 3 months on the date of application.


While each of these tiers is meant to define clearly those who may benefit, the UK Border Agency has been applying rules relating to the provision of supporting evidence very strictly so extreme care must be exercised in making applications. There are also specific rules relating to the money you must have available to maintain yourself when you first arrive in the United Kingdom. Large numbers of applications in these categories which on their face ought to succeed are being refused because of the failure by applicants to provide all of the information and documentation requested or because of a failure to meet the maintenance requirements. It is therefore beneficial for you to apply through a legal professional who has expertise in UK immigration Law.

WE at IDICULLA SOLICITORS undertake both postal applications and Home Office Same Day premium service. Our fees only cover the cost of preparing and making the initial application. If an appeal or challenge is necessary subsequent to the submission of your application or if a separate application is subsequently required, we will agree separate fees with you. Our fee for both categories is as follows and excludes Home Office Fee and VAT;

Postal Applications £1400.00
Same day Premium Service £1800.00

Home Office Fees

By Post

Main applicant fee is £ 604.00

Dependant application for spouse/partner or children under 18 will cost £ 297.00 per dependant, if applied with main applicant. Dependant application for children above 18, or any dependant application made separately will cost £550.00

In person

Main applicant fee is £ 918.00

Dependant application for spouse/partner or children under 18 will cost £ 459.00 per dependant, if applied with main applicant. Dependant application for children above 18, or any dependant application made separately will cost £850.00

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