Anyone interested in applying for this visa must first be accepted onto the BSEEN, new start-up business project run at Aston University. Please note that your business idea must be assessed by the BSEEN panel as being genuine and credible and you must be applying to set your business up in the West Midlands area. If you would like to know more about BSEEN including how to apply please go to www.b-seen.biz.
Once accepted onto BSEEN, you must then apply for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa. You will need to be issued with an endorsement from Aston University which you will need to apply for the visa.
You must have been awarded your degree in order to apply for the visa so you must wait until you have your final results. You must have been awarded your degree within the last 12 months on the date we issue you with an endorsement.
What points do I need?
You must get 95 points as follows:
25 Points Valid endorsement from Aston University.
25 Points The endorsement confirms that you and your business idea have been assessed and considered to be genuine and credible.
25 Points For having been awarded your degree within the 12 months immediately before the date of endorsement.
10 Points English language requirement (having an endorsement will satisfy this requirement).
10 Points Maintenance - £900 every day for a 90 day period ending no more than 31 days before you apply for the visa (outside the UK you will need to show £1800 for the 90 day period). Please note this is due to increase on 01 July 2014 but we do not yet know by how much. We will update this webpage as soon as we do know.
You can either apply for Tier 1 GE visa whilst you are in the UK with a student, or Tier 4, visa or you can apply overseas, but you will need to show a higher maintenance amount.
If you have previously held a Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) visa you will unfortunately not be eligible.