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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur


To be eligible to apply for a Graduate Entrepreneur visa you must obtain an endorsement from either UK Trade and Investment or an authorised UK Higher Education Institution. You need to apply within one year of your relevant qualification being awarded.

The UKVI sets an annual limit to the number of Graduates Higher Education Institutions are able to endorse each year. The current limit is 1,900 places per year.

In order to be successful in obtaining an endorsement from a Higher Education Institution, you must be a graduate and you must be able to convince them that you have a genuine and credible business idea.

Unlike the standard Entrepreneur visa, you are not required to show any level of investment funds in order to apply for a Graduate Entrepreneur visa. You are still required to show a specified level of maintenance and English language ability.

The Graduate Entrepreneur visa is granted for one year, and if required, permits an extension of a further one year.

A Graduate Entrepreneur visa holder may switch in to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category with a minimum investment of £50,000, rather than the usual £200,000. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa permits a longer stay in the UK, and leads to Settlement.

Dependants of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur have the right to live and work in the UK. There is no limit to absences outside the UK.

White Rose Visas: Enhanced Graduate Entrepreneur Support

Our Enhanced Graduate Entrepreneur Package is a complete support service to enable you to develop a suitable business plan, prepare for the assessment interview, obtain your visa, and set up your new business such that Home Office requirements are met. In detail, the Enhanced Package includes:

  • Consultation on business options
  • Market Research and Competitor Analysis
  • Preparation of the endorsement application (to be submitted to the relevant institution, e.g. a university) on your behalf
  • Pre-interview support and training, including a mock interview, with written feedback
  • Company & Director registration with Companies House (alternatively, self-employment registration with HMRC)
  • Employer registration with HMRC, including taxation requirements such as PAYE
  • Assistance with setting up payroll, so as to meet Government requirements
  • Liaison with other industry leading professionals essential to the start-up and management of your business, such as an accountant and contract lawyer

White Rose Visas are authorised by The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner: Registration Number F201200452

White Rose Visas is a trading name of White Rose Visas Ltd, Registered in England & Wales, Company Number 7680391, Registered Office White Rose Visas Ltd, Wharf House, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, Sheffield S2 5SY, United Kingdom