The Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur category permits the UK to retain non-European graduates identified by UK higher education institutions as having developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills, to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish businesses in the UK.

Applicants cannot make initial applications from abroad. Applicants in the UK in another immigration category can switch into the Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur category. The Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur visa is part of UK’s points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe.

Tier 1 - Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Basic Requirements

 

The UK Home Office has set specific requirements that all applicants must meet before applying for a Work Visa under the Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur category.

Qualification for migration under the Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur category requires that the applicant must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirement which is to score 95 points related to attributes. An applicant will score 75 points if they have an endorsement from a ‘UK Higher Education Institutions and must obtain at least 10 points for their English language ability and maintenance funds. The point allocation is configured such that applicants must hold a recognized qualification to meet the minimum requirements.

Tier 1 - Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Entitlements

Every successful applicant whose temporary residence are granted under the Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur visa is permitted to live and only work for the business they have established and work in other employment of no more than 20 hours per week. As a temporary resident, successful applicants will have free access to public schools, and subsidized tertiary education for their dependents. Eligible dependents may also be able to work or study without any restrictions.

A work visa under Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur is initially granted for one (1) year with the ability to apply for further stay for another one (1) year. Applicants are not able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK under this category and time spent in this category does not count towards any future applications for settlement.