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Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa

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Start a business in the UK after graduation with Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa category allowed international graduates with a viable business plan to come to the UK to set up a business. This category is now closed to new applications but current holders of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa can still apply for extension and Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) under this category.

The UK government’s changes to some aspect of the Immigration Rules announced on 7 March 2019 came into force on 29 March 2019.

The end of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa categories were replaced by two new categories:

  • Start-Up Migrant Visa 
  • Innovator Visa 

More information will be shortly available on our website.

However, current holders of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa can still apply for a one-year extension under this category.

You previously could apply for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa if you wished to establish one or more businesses in the United Kingdom after your graduation. You needed to be identified by Higher Education Institutions as being a person who had developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills.

Your time on a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa will not count towards your Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement) application, however, you can switch into Start-Up Migrant Visa or Innovative Visa.

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