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Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visa Scheme


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Are you a graduating overseas student / entrepreneur with a great business idea?

Brunel University London will once again be sponsoring a number of International students, supporting them in applying for a Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visa. This will enable exceptional entrepreneurial graduates with exciting and commercially viable ideas, to extend their stay in the UK for 12 months (renewable to 24 months), whilst they explore and implement their businesses.

To apply for a Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visa, you need an endorsement from a UK higher education institution. Brunel University London is offering to endorse a select few students through the Innovation Hub’s Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visa Scheme.

If you are truly passionate about your business idea and eager to succeed, we want to help you reach your goals.

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What kind of people and businesses are we looking for?

We are interested in enthusiastic people with innovative business ideas with a strong potential for success, that could even change the world! 

The Graduate Entrepreneur intake for 2017 has now closed, but the intake for 2018/19 is now open.

Can I apply?

This scheme is open to International students who will be graduating within 12 months from 1 May 2019 and will apply for the visa within three months of their graduation. If you are graduating between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020, you will need to apply for the tier 1 visa GES scheme by 1 June 2019.

This year the Innovation Hub has introduced some criteria around the submissions:

1. The student must have financial ability and commitment to spend the majority of their working time solely on developing their business. This is now a new requirement in the visa rules.

2. Their idea must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Clear links with Brunel University London (e.g. a business directly applying learning from Brunel)
  • Is a very novel entrepreneurial idea displaying innovation and creativity
  • Shows a clear evolution path to the Central Research Laboratory (a manufacturing entrepreneur incubator which is sponsored by Brunel)

3. The student must have evidence of entrepreneurship. The student must have taken steps to prepare themselves and have what it takes to run a business

4. The student must agree to assist Brunel with promoting entrepreneurship

5. The student must submit annual and quarterly updated plans in advance of pre-agreed meeting dates with defined activities (i.e. ongoing work) and deliverables (measurable outcomes) that can be measured against plans and recorded and evidenced for UK immigration.

How do I apply?

Write to the Innovation Hub hub@brunel.ac.uk requesting a 2018 Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 visa programme application form and let us have your full name, student number and a contact mobile number.

You will receive the application forms to be completed and returned to hub@brunel.ac.uk by midnight on 6  June 2018

Key dates: 

Date                                                                        Activity

Friday 1 December 2017 –                 Wednesday 6 June 2018

Submission of applications. From 1 December 2017, the application forms and process will be available

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Last Day for Application Feedback

Wednesday  6 June 2018

Applications Closed

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Shortlist of candidates announced

Monday 25 June 2018 – Friday 29 June 2018

Training workshops and tuning of business cases

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Presentations to panel

Wednesday 11  July 2018

Visa sponsorship selection announced