Invitation to Apply for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Endorsement

Under the new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category for the UKBA points-based system, the University of Oxford may endorse up to ten students who have ‘developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish one or more businesses in the UK.’

Students who the University endorses would be able to apply for a visa for one year to develop their business idea. If the University then confirms adequate progress they can apply for one further year, following which to remain in the UK they would need to qualify for the main Entrepreneur route, or enter Tier 2 employment. Additional employment is allowed for up to 20 hours a week to supplement income whilst the business is in development. The applicant’s dependent partner and children can stay in the UK with them.

The University of Oxford Careers Service invites students and recent graduates who wish to stay in the UK to develop their business ideas and who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for University endorsement. Closing date for applications is 11th November. The Careers Service will host an information session on 24th October at 12.45 pm.

How to apply:

Applicants must apply through Career Connect. Please search for vacancy 47367. If you do not yet have an account on Career Connect, please visit to register. The endorsement is a competitive process and applicants will be required to show evidence that they have a genuine, credible and innovative business idea.  Required documents include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • A description of the business and business plan

More detailed information about applying is available on Career Connect. 

For information on the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa and eligibility please visit the UKBA website:

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