Everything you Need to Know About Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visas


SOAS provides students with the opportunity to set up and develop their business in the UK, by endorsing them for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.  These are exclusively available to Tier 4 visa holders who are current students.

The process for applying is simple.

If you have a viable and innovative business idea and want to take this to market in the UK, this is a great opportunity for you.  The idea must show visible benefits to the local community.

As part of the application process for endorsement from SOAS, you will be expected to submit the following documentation:

  • A business plan summarising your business idea, market research, marketing plan, customer analysis and pricing model.
  • A 12 month financial forecast
  • CV
  • Covering letter.

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present their business idea to a panel. The next deadline for application is 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.  If you are shortlisted, the judging panel which you will be asked to present at is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 16th November (each presentation slot will be 20 minutes maximum, including questions).

Before you apply you must first meet with the Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) to determine your eligibility for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

For support through the application process, you are welcome to book an Enterprise appointment with the SOAS Careers Service by emailing careers@soas.ac.uk or calling 0207 898 4115.  These are available on Friday afternoons.

To apply, please submit the requested documents to studententerprise@soas.ac.uk by 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant

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