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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.

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! 

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. The student must demonstrate a high standard of written and spoken English.

3. 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

  • You must have a genuine and credible business idea (i.e. you have test and validated the key assumptions and critical success factors for your business idea)

  •  It has to be a graduate level idea. For example: Setting up a fast food business in the UK would not be considered.

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

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

6. 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 2019 Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 visa programme application form and let us have your full name, student number and a contact mobile number.

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