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Topic: Tier 1 visa, all US taught masters degrees are now 0 points on PB calculator  (Read 14955 times)

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Just checked it...all US taught Masters degrees are 0 points!! I have checked many reputable institutions, but everything is zero??? how is this possible that NOT a single one is equivalent to British Taught masters?? ::) ??? Only research based degrees from US are eligible (which are offered in very few schools/disciplines)
Tier 1 General-Los Angeles consulate
Biometrics taken-26th March 09
UPS delivered app consulate-27th March 09
Email confirmation received from LA consulate- 6th April 09
Got visa approval email: April 17th 2009


You've just been caught out by all the changes that the Tier 1 visa underwent TODAY! see this thread: http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?topic=51332.0 Effective day is actually 31 March 2009 not April 1.


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Haha, so I just went from out of the running to REALLY out of the running.

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This doesn't apply to me since I don't have a masters, but how do people who have masters degrees know which one they have?  ???
01 March 2009: online application
13 March 2009: biometrics
16 March 2009: submitted documents via FedEx
18 March 2009: Tier 1 Approved (NY consulate)
18 June 2009: Tier 1 start date
29 August 2009: Arrive in London
22 April 2010: Finally got a job


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I already applied and my application was delivered in the LA consulate on 27th March. I hope that I will be considered under the pre-april 1st rule, REALLY HOPE SO, otherwise like a lot of fellow Americans, I am really screwed! But I find it really ridiculous that they are not accepting ANY taught masters degree from US. not even Stanford, Harvard etc.  This is insane!
Tier 1 General-Los Angeles consulate
Biometrics taken-26th March 09
UPS delivered app consulate-27th March 09
Email confirmation received from LA consulate- 6th April 09
Got visa approval email: April 17th 2009


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If you applied under the old rules your application is looked at under the old rules.  At least the last I heard.   ;)
« Last Edit: March 31, 2009, 09:15:49 PM by bookgrl »


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I just looked up a taught Masters (NOT continuing from undergrad) for a 2 year Arts/Humanities program and it gave me 35 points!

I just re-did that experiment and got 0. Maybe I did it wrong the first time. :( Sorry for the false alarm. :(
« Last Edit: March 31, 2009, 09:22:30 PM by AudreyNYC »
01 March 2009: online application
13 March 2009: biometrics
16 March 2009: submitted documents via FedEx
18 March 2009: Tier 1 Approved (NY consulate)
18 June 2009: Tier 1 start date
29 August 2009: Arrive in London
22 April 2010: Finally got a job


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which school? i just checked random major institutions..
Tier 1 General-Los Angeles consulate
Biometrics taken-26th March 09
UPS delivered app consulate-27th March 09
Email confirmation received from LA consulate- 6th April 09
Got visa approval email: April 17th 2009


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i am not from a very great school but could find mine in there...
Applying from Chicago, United States.
Online application submitted 8th March 09
Biometrics appointment 11th March 09
Fedexed documents 19th March 09.
Documents delivered 20th March 09.
Received email 23rd March 2009.
VISA APPLICATION IN PROCESS
Visa approved on 29th March 2009


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Can mitr/auderey plz disclose the school name, I just want to check if you do not mind. If you dont want, i completely understand..
Tier 1 General-Los Angeles consulate
Biometrics taken-26th March 09
UPS delivered app consulate-27th March 09
Email confirmation received from LA consulate- 6th April 09
Got visa approval email: April 17th 2009


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check ur personal message..
Applying from Chicago, United States.
Online application submitted 8th March 09
Biometrics appointment 11th March 09
Fedexed documents 19th March 09.
Documents delivered 20th March 09.
Received email 23rd March 2009.
VISA APPLICATION IN PROCESS
Visa approved on 29th March 2009


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As of today ALL taught US master's degrees are worth 0 points, regardless of the school. The only exception that I remember seeing here was that a taught master's with further specialization (which I suppose is a master's in the same subject as your bachelor's) was worth 35 points on the old calculator, so it might still be worth 35 on the new one. All UK master's degrees and US research master's degrees are worth 35 points. This was a change TODAY and if you completed your biometrics before today (and possibly you also must have mailed it before today? Can someone clarify that?) your application is considered under the old rule.

Edit: Yes, a taught master's with further specialization from your bachelor's degree is still worth 35 points, according to the calculator.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2009, 10:50:43 PM by lanicita »


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But isn't this ridiculous? I mean shouldn't something should be done about it? like writing to the HO or something?
Tier 1 General-Los Angeles consulate
Biometrics taken-26th March 09
UPS delivered app consulate-27th March 09
Email confirmation received from LA consulate- 6th April 09
Got visa approval email: April 17th 2009


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Edit: Yes, a taught master's with further specialization from your bachelor's degree is still worth 35 points, according to the calculator.

Yes. you are right. thats what i checked for ..and it gives me 35 points ..
Applying from Chicago, United States.
Online application submitted 8th March 09
Biometrics appointment 11th March 09
Fedexed documents 19th March 09.
Documents delivered 20th March 09.
Received email 23rd March 2009.
VISA APPLICATION IN PROCESS
Visa approved on 29th March 2009


I read this thread and fired up the calculator to see what was going on.  I put in my stuff from GW and got 35 points (MBA), then I tried to put in my stuff from Heidelberg and Cambridge and I got 0.  Huh?  What's that about?  Weird.  I think it might be because I answered the first questions as American and that got it confused about what schools were available.

Otherwise the program doesn't make sense.  Did they screw up the program over the rules change?  Would someone please check?


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