Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route allows graduates to extend their stay in the UK following their graduation to establish their business. The government have placed a limit on the number of tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa applications which is currently capped at 1,000 per year and equally divided amongst participating institutions. You can only apply for this visa if you are currently in the UK.

If you are granted permission to stay under a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, you will be entitled to stay in the UK for 1 year, after this year you can apply for an extension. If successful, this will allow you to stay for another year.

How we can help with Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa application?

If you wish to apply for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

Qualifying for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

In order to qualify for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa you must show:

  • You have been endorsed by a UK higher education institution and this endorsement confirms they have assessed you and your business plan;
  • The UK higher education institution has awarded you a recognised bachelor’s degree or postgraduate degree;
  • You satisfy the English language requirement; and
  • You have enough funds to support yourself during your stay in the UK.

Conditions of a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

Whilst staying in the UK on a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa you are not entitled to any state benefits or public funds. You are also not allowed to be employed as a doctor or dentist in training or a professional sportsperson. The only employment you may undertake is work for the business your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa is based on, plus other employment of no more than 20 hours per week.

Documents you must provide for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa application

The documents you need to provide depend on how you’re being endorsed.

Endorsed by a UK higher education institution (HEI)

When you apply for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a letter of endorsement from your UK HEI
  • bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings if applying from inside the UK or £1,890 if applying from outside the UK – you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply

You’ll also need to provide the following if your degree was awarded by a different UK HEI than the one providing your endorsement:

  • an original certificate of your qualification or an accepted alternative
  • proof that you have knowledge of the English language
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

Endorsed by the Department for International Trade (DIT)

When you apply for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a letter of endorsement from DIT
  • an original certificate of your academic qualification
  • previous passports
  • a residence permit or valid visa if you’re not a national of the country from where you’re applying
  • proof that you meet the English language requirement
  • bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings if applying from inside the UK or £1,890 if applying from outside the UK – you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply
  • a letter from NARIC that proves you can use your qualification to apply for this visa

 

 

Why we provide the best legal advice for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also, as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice”. Instead, every telephone consultation is conducted by a lawyer; offering you accurate and informed legal guidance. Our experienced team of professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will guide you through the process step by step, complying with the strict letter of the law and limiting the possibility of failure. Consider HS Legal as your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa adviser; call us for a telephone consultation today.

Expert immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa applications

Our experienced team of professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will guide you through the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa application process step by step, complying with the strict letter of the law and limiting the possibility of failure. Consider HS Legal as your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa adviser; call us for a telephone consultation today.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181