Points-Based System: Summary

In 2008 the Home Office established a Points-Based System which is used to determine overseas migrants’ rights to enter and work in the UK. Currently there are five ‘tiers’ (and several sub-tiers) in the points-based system. Those most relevant to the University are detailed below:

Tier 1:

Exceptionally Talented, Highly Skilled and Post-study workers

Applications under Tier 1 are made directly by the individual.

Tier 2:

Sponsored skilled workers with a job offer (previously Work Permit holders)

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 is currently suspended

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, research interns, visiting lecturers and external examiners, in certain circumstances. 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.

The new points-based system came into force on 27 November 2008. Work Permit applications are no longer accepted and it is now necessary to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship (note that a CoS is not a certificate as such, but a unique reference number issued to the migrant by the Staff Immigration Team) before applying for a visa.

Details of the new system and application procedures are described on this website.