Application for extension under the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Category is authorized for individuals who have been previously granted leave to remain for 12 months as seeks to extend his/her stay. He/she might be granted an extension for an additional 12 months is the application is a success under this category. However, a maximum total of 2 years granted leave is permitted under the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Category.
The 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 your current leave to remain is as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, you may apply for an extension under the same category. Your sponsoring institution will theoretically have seen your business idea(s) grow and are happy to sponsor you to keep growing your business or idea. On the other hand if they feel that the business / business idea is failing and has no hope of survival, they may decide against your sponsorship and withdraw your endorsement.
If however, they are happy with your progress in the first year and continue to endorse you, you may apply for an visa extension under the Tier 2 Graduate entrepreneur visa category. If successful, you will be granted an additional year leave on your visa. It is important to note that there is a maximum of 2 years leave allowable under the Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur scheme
It is expected that after two years, if the business continues to remain viable, the graduate entrepreneur may then apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. In which case he wouldn't need the normal GBP 200,000 investment funds but just GBP 50, 000.
A Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur migrant is allowed to bring in their dependants to join them in the UK. They will need to make an application as a dependant of a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.
For the purposes of UK Immigration, a dependant is defined as a:-
Please note that your dependants may be over the age of 18 years if they became 18 in the UK but were under the age of 18 as at the time of their initial application. The Home Office will normally grant leave in line with the expiry date of the main applicant, in this case, the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.
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