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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

Within this page contains details of the immigration routes available to exceptional talent, entrepreneurs, investors, Graduate Entrepreneurs (NEW) and General wanting to work in the UK.

Select any of the links below to view information about the 5 sub-categories under tier 1 of the points based system.

It is important you know the category you need to apply under, if you are not sure contact us for clarification.

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category was introduced as a new sub-category to Tier 1 and allows 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 or set-up more businesses in the UK.

Note: You cannot apply under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) if you are outside the UK.

Before you apply, you must read the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) policy guidance. This link will open up a PDF document which is Part 6A of the Immigration Rules.

Do you need to apply under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)?

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) is part of our points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. You do not need to apply under the points-based system if:

Limit on Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) applications

The UK government has limited the number of applications that can be made under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category.

There is a limit of 1,000 places for each of the periods 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013 and 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014.

The limit of 1,000 places is divided equally between participating institutions, (these must be highly trusted sponsors under Tier 4, or A rated Tier 2 and 5 sponsors if a Tier 2 and 5 sponsor licence is held) up to a maximum of 10 endorsements per institution, to qualify institutions must confirm that:

Note: The limit does not apply to Graduate Entrepreneur applicants who wish to extend their leave under this category.






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