Tier 1 visas - highly skilled workers

The sections of this Tier relevant to employing staff at the University are Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Post Study) and Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent). 

  • Tier 1 (General) is now closed to new applicants but anyone with an unexpired visa under this category can be employed in any job without restrictions for the duration of the visa. Current holders of this visa may be allowed to apply for an extension in some circumstances or can switch,  where appropriate, to Tier 2.
  • Tier 1 (Post Study) is also closed but holders can be employed in any job for the duration of the visa. It is possible to switch from this Tier to Tier 2 but the job must meet the Tier 2 criteria.
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) is for people who are internationally recognised as world leaders or have potential world-leading talent in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine or the arts, and who wish to work in the UK. They need to be ‘endorsed’ by one of the ‘competent bodies’ (e.g. Royal Society). If granted, this visa enables them to work anywhere in the UK and isn't subject to a job offer.