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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa (TIER1 GE)

UCL is a sponsor for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa initiative and have a total of 10 sponsored visas to offer to qualifying graduates.

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa is for those graduates identified by UCL as having developed a viable business idea, but who are not yet able to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Applicants will need to apply for the visa within 12 months of being awarded their qualification, have a current student or Tier 4 visa, be graduates of  UCL, be sponsored by UCL and have achieved 95 points as outlined by the qualifying criteria as defined by the Border Agency.

If you would like to know more, please contact one of our Student Business Advisors: email: sba@ucl.ac.uk.

Successful applicants will be allowed a 12 month visa and the opportunity to apply for a second 12 month visa if the business is making progress. Successful applicants will be expected to spend most of their time setting up the business, yet will be able to work up to 20 hours per week outside the business in order to support themselves financially.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they have held savings of £900 for the 90 day period prior to making their application. Applicants can only apply for Tier 1 GE whilst in the UK with a student, or Tier 4, visa, but a previously held  Tier 1 PSW visa  will not be eligible. For assistance with your Tier 1 GE visa application and to discuss the 95 points you will need, please contact one of our Student Business Advisors: email: sba@ucl.ac.uk

Time spent on a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa will not count towards settlement in the UK.

Please check the Borders Agency website for more information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk