Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

This visa has closed and is no longer available


You can no longer apply for a new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.

If you want to set up a business in Scotland, you can apply for a Start-up visa instead.

Other information 

If you already have a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa, you can still switch into a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

You can no longer extend your Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa at the end of the first year. You must apply to switch to a Start-up visa instead. You must apply to switch visas before your current visa expires.

You cannot settle in the UK on this visa.

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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 sole 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

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa has closed and is no longer available

Sponsorship and recruitment

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

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.