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Last day to submit Tier 1 Post-study work (PSW) – applications will not be accepted after 5 April 2012 | Immigration Matters

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On 6 April 2012 the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will close. If you wish to apply for permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work), your application must be submitted by 5 April 2012, the UK Border Agency has announced.

The UK Border Agency announcement

Applications can be submitted by standard post, or by courier. If you post your application, the post mark must clearly show the application was submitted on or before 5 April 2012.

If you send your application by courier, it must be received at our address shown on the application form by 17:00 on 5 April 2012.

Any application submitted on or before 5 April 2012, will be considered under the rules and guidance in force on 5 April 2012. You must ensure that you can meet the full criteria before applying. These criteria are set out in the Tier 1 (Post-study work) policy guidance.

If you have not completed your studies, or have not received confirmation that you have been awarded a qualification, you do not meet the criteria and any application for Tier 1 (Post-study work) will be refused.

From 6 April 2012, following the closure of Tier 1 (Post-study work), if you have graduated after studying in the UK, you can apply for leave to remain in the UK under other immigration routes if you meet the criteria.

You should read the relevant Working in the UK guidance on our website about any alternative route you are considering, to understand the criteria you need to meet to apply for permission to stay in the UK. Source UK Border Agency.

The timing of the change is unfortunate for thousands of international students still awaiting results or certificates from Universities. 

One student told Immigration Matters that he was desperate to get his certificate from a leading college, running a programme for the University of Wales, in order to submit his application with just hours to spare. 

He added that the Masters course had been marketed to him and 500 other students in Cameroon as a route into the PSW.

See also:

Immigration Rule changes to Tier 2 working visas

500,000 new UK job opportunities for young people

Pret A Manger to create 550 new UK jobs

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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  1. […] Last day to submit Tier 1 Post-study work (PSW) – applications will not be accepted after 5 April … […]

  2. This is the government’s new policy. You can work if you student at a government college or university, and they hardly ever get suspended (or do so for a week or so) and are never revoked.
    If you want to change see

  3. Hi , actually i want to ask that why u r not giving permission of work to students even they pay their fee in colleges , pays their rent spend money for shopping and for many other things please please allow work to students please its my request,,,,, thanks

  4. Hi,
    Note changes the immigration law / Rules 6th-April-2012
    Still UK OVERSTAYING STUDENTS / Working No even signal
    day attented the School / University LAW should find
    who not in Students Visa Back own Countries without any
    Help All we suffered innocents residents No Jobs/ Hardship future no where to go CUT-Cut_ Cut Liveing Q/more metel peoples on the in near future on the Road.
    Pay attention respects the LAW United Kingdom

  5. Olivier says :

    I m doing my master in global financial trading trading at Coventry university, after my master I would like to work here , thus I cannot perform my acknowledge in Africa particularly in my country, therefore I would like to know it will be fair for me to waste a valuable knowledge where I cannot perform,that means I should leave my passion about the financial market to go where I would be unefficient because their financial system is inappropriated to what I study for, all those questions will give me each single day a nightmare because I cannot apply for the post study work properly,therefore my expenses that I m doing here in London are for nothing.i m lost, even the taste to study won’t be peaceful, what should I do, why me?

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