Tier 1


MBA and other UK graduate who has been identified by higher education institution as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills can apply to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish one or more business to the UK. 

It is also a category for overseas graduates who have been identified by UK Trade and Investment as elite global graduate entrepreneurs to establish one or more businesses in the UK.

Points scoring
To be granted leave in Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) you must score:
• 75 points for attributes
• 10 points for English language skills
• 10 points for maintenance (funds)

You can apply for leave (permission to stay in the UK) under the Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) route for an initial period of one year. If your endorsing body agrees to sponsor you after this you can apply again and you may be granted further leave for another year. You are only allowed a maximum of two years under this route and you should apply one month before your current permission to stay expires.

UK visas can sometimes take months before the decision is taken on them by the Home Office. We are registered and regulated by the OISC and if you are making in-country applications we can submit your application in the PEO and get the decision on the same day. The appointments need to be booked in advance and due to high demand it worthwhile to apply the earliest possible.