Points-Based System: Summary

The UK immigration system used by the Home Office to determine overseas applicants’ rights to enter and work in the UK is called the Points-Based System. There are five ‘tiers’ (and several sub-tiers) in the Points-Based System (PBS), although Tier 3 has never been used by the Home Office. The PBS visa routes most relevant to the University are detailed below:

Tier 1:

Exceptionally Talented, Graduate Entrepreneur

The Staff Immigration Team can provide advice on and assistance with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/ Exceptional Promise applications. These are normally for Statutory Professor, Associate Professor, or senior researcher roles.

Information about obtaining an endorsement from Oxford is available from the Careers Service.

Tier 2:

Sponsored skilled workers with a job offer

The University has a licence to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) under Tier 2 and applications under this tier are processed through the Staff Immigration Team.

Tier 3:

Low skilled workers

This tier has never been used by the Home Office.

Tier 4:

Students

Applications under Tier 4 will be processed by the University’s Student Information and Advisory Service.

Tier 5:

Temporary workers and Youth Mobility Scheme

The University has a licence to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category for sponsored researchers and research interns. Applications under this category are processed through the Staff Immigration Team. Applications under the Youth Mobility Scheme and other Tier 5 schemes are made directly by the individual.

Details of the Points Based System and application procedures within the collegiate University are described on this website.