The application is meant for non-European Economic Area national students only, who are concluding or have concluded their degree programme (Bachelor, Masters, or PhD degree) in the UK, unconcluded degree programme as at the time of this application under this scheme is subject to a condition that requires the applicant to conclude the degree, if the application is endorsed successfully. Diplomas, Foundation degree and postgraduate certificates are not acceptable qualifications for this scheme.
Switching to Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category would require that the applicant previously granted leave as a; Tier 4 Migrant, Student, Student re-sitting for an examination, as an employee of a UK university (student nurse, postgraduate doctor or dentist).
In addition the applicant must not have been granted entry clearance under any previous post study work scheme which includes;
- An International Graduates Scheme or its forerunner the Science and Engineering graduate Scheme
- A Fresh Talent Working in Scotland Scheme
- A Tier 1 (post study work) Migrant.
Furthermore the UKBA allows universities to endorse a Tier 1 visa application for any 20 graduates that show unique abilities, and are able to come up with innovative business ideas, the selected 20 graduates under this scheme are expected to submit a viable business plan and show how the business plan meets the UKBA requirements.