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Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

This route is for Graduates who have graduated in the UK or abroad who have been officially endorsed as having a genuine and credible business idea. You must be endorsed by either the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of the elite global graduate Entrepreneur Program (Sirius) or a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) that is an authorised endorsing body.

We can advise you in detail on the eligibility criteria which will depend on who is endorsing you.

If successful, you will be granted Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK for 1 year. This can be extended by another year.

At the end of your two years as a Graduate Entrepreneur, you may be able to switch into the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category if your business is successful.

You can apply to switch from another visa to a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa if you are already in the UK as a:


  • Student
  • Student Nurse
  • Student re-sitting an examination
  • Student writing up thesis
  • Tier 4 (General) visa holder
  • Postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • Tier 2 (General) Migrant working as a post-doctoral researcher

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Family Members (dependents)

Your spouse or partner and children under 18 can come with you to the UK on this visa.

A total of 2000 places are allocated on the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Scheme each year and applications must be submitted within 3 months of the date of the endorsement.

You will need to prove that you speak and understand English to a required standard and that you have sufficient maintenance – funds to support yourself and your dependents.

If you would like more information on this route please contact us.

Our Promise

If you come to LUPINS, you will get the result you want. If there is a way, we find it and do it for you. If there is no way we tell you, and don’t rip you off. Where there is a way, we find it and we deliver.
Lawrence Lupin – Founding Director

LUPINS support you all the way:

The application is made under the Points Based System. We will assess if you qualify for necessary points.

  • We will ensure that you have the documentation that proves you qualify for these points.
  • We will advise and assist you in completing the application forms.
  • We will hold your hands throughout the application process, liaising with the British Consulate and their appointed overseas agents.
  • We will make detailed representations in support of the application setting out clearly why the application should succeed, highlighting the documentation we are submitting and how this proves you have sufficient points.

Put simply, our immigration solicitors will hold your hands throughout the process,
liaising with all relevant government bodies, including UK Visas and Immigration,
British Consulate, overseas agents and where necessary the courts.