Overview of points based system (PBS)

The UKVI has established a Points Based System (PBS) in which migrants must pass a points assessment before they can get permission to enter or remain in the UK.  Currently there are four ‘tiers’ in the points-based system.  These are as follows:

  • Tier 1: Exceptionally talented and highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs wanting to work in the UK.  This Tier is for high-value migrants, and currently contains 5 categories; “Exceptional Talent”, “General”, “Entrepreneur”, “Investor” and “Graduate Entrepreneur”.
  • Tier 2: Sponsored skilled workers with a job offer to work in the UK.  The university holds a licence to sponsor under the Tier 2 General category
  • Tier 4: Students
  • Tier 5: Temporary workers (e.g. Sponsored Researchers and Youth Mobility Scheme)

The university has a licence to issue Certificates of Sponsorship under Tiers 2, 4 (students) and 5 (sponsored researchers).

Work Permit applications are no longer accepted, except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, and it is now necessary to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship.  A Certificate of Sponsorship is actually a unique number that is created and given to the prospective employee.

All applications for, and extensions to Certificate of Sponsorship under Tier 2 and 5 of the points based system are dealt with by Human Resources.

Please note: HR does not deal with Tier 1 categories or Indefinite Leave to Remain.  This should be dealt with by the individual, although we would be happy to give advice where possible.