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.
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:
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.
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