Bishop & Sewell

What is it?

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is designed to enable recent graduates to set up a business in the UK. The applicant must be highly skilled in their chosen field of entrepreneurship and have a clear and legitimate business plan.

What are the main requirements?

In order to qualify for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have a UK degree level qualification;
  • they are endorsed by a higher education institution (HEI) or by the Department for International Trade (DIT);
  • they have at least £945 in savings if applying from inside the UK or at least £1,890 if applying from outside the UK (this money must have been held in a bank account for at least 90 days prior to making the application); and
  • they do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

How long can I stay and what are the conditions of my stay?

Successful applicants under this route will be granted leave for an initial period of 12 months. This can be extended for an additional 12 months if the applicant’s business is developing and the progress has been satisfactory. This must be demonstrated by a new endorsement letter from the applicant’s HEI or the DIT.

Once an applicant holds leave under the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category, they are able to switch to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category at any point providing they meet the further eligibility criteria.

How we can help?

The requirements of the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications that do not fully comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome. They will also fully advise on the requirements to be satisfied for extension, settlement and British nationality applications.

If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on or complete the online enquiry form on this page.

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