Graduates who have been identified to have brought into being exceptional innovative ideas or entrepreneurial expertise by United Kingdom Higher Education Institutions and intends to continues his/her residence on the United Kingdom so as to begin one or more business related operations whist in the UK after he/she has graduated from school can do so by Switching into Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur category. Before the individual makes an application for this course, he/she is required to make a request to a United Kingdom Education Institution that is approved by the United Kingdom Border Agency for endorsement so as to receive Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) permit. The individual is required to make use of the Endorsement received for the UK Higher Education Institution as part of the application whilst the application to remain under this category before three months after receipt of the endorsement. The institution is charged with the responsibility of supervising the person whilst he/she is successful in this category.
The Immigration Rules explains the term ‘business’ to be a embarking on a venture as either a sole trader, partnership or a company registered in the United Kingdom.
It is not possible for an individual to make an application for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) if he/she is stationed outside the United Kingdom.
Switching into this category is authorized if the applying individual has been offered residence in the United Kingdom under any of the following categories:
However, the individual will not be authorized to make an application if he/she has previously receive entry clearance, leave to enter or remain as a Tier 1 Post Study Work migrant, a participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, or a Participant in the International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
The person applying is limited by the government of the United Kingdom to a number of applications under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category he/she is permitted to make as there is limited openings of 2,000 places per year (running from 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014).
These openings are however allocated as thus:
This limit of the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) does not apply to application for extension in a situation where the individual applying has been previously granted leave to remain under this category.
If an application is a success the applying person will be granted initially leave to remain for 12 months, which may be further extended for another 12 months as long as the HEI sponsor is pleased with the advancement attained by the Graduate Entrepreneur.
To be granted Leave to Remain under the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, the individual will be required to meet the following conditions:
Applicants can only switch into this visa category if their last grant of leave was as a:-
Applicants must not have previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) migrant, a Participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, or a Participant in the International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
In the category, the individual is required to spend most of his/her time in growing his/her business but is also authorized to take up employ for at most 20 hours a week in order to get additional fund for support and maintenance.
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