Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

If you’re a recent graduate with a genuine, credible business idea, and you want to set up your business in Scotland, you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

Do I qualify?

To qualify for the graduate entrepreneur visa, you need to be endorsed by either a registered UK higher education institution or university, or by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).

Find out which universities and higher education institutions are registered to endorse graduates on GOV.UK

How long does a graduate entrepreneur visa last?

This is a relatively short-term visa. Endorsement lasts for one year but may be extended for a second year if you’re able to obtain a new endorsement.

If you set up a new business in Scotland and attract the appropriate levels of funding, you may be eligible to move to a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.

Find out about support for graduate entrepreneurs on GOV.UK

In this section

Business visas in Scotland

If you’re a business or individual who wants to relocate to or invest in Scotland, you’ll need to consider different types of visa and immigration requirements.

Sole representatives

Visa requirements for soul representatives of an overseas business.

Standard Visitor Visa

As a business or investor in Scotland, you can obtain a short-term visitor visa for business purposes.

Tier 1 Investor Visa

If you’re a non-EEA or Swiss citizen you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Investor Visa if you’re investing at least £2 million in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in trading companies registered in the UK.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Are you or are any of your employees a recognised leader (“exceptional talent”) or emerging leader (“exceptional promise”) in your field? You may be eligible for the exceptional talent visa to work in Scotland.

Sponsorship and recruitment

Here are some things to consider before sponsoring a non-European Economic Area national to work for you in Scotland.

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