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 no longer need to have been awarded your degree within the last 12 months on the date we issue you with an endorsement so you may be able to use a previous UK degree and apply earlier.
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.
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 to £945 inside the UK and £1890 outside the UK.
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.
Please note: if you have previously held a Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) visa, an International Graduate Scheme (IGS) visa, a Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme (SEGS) visa, or a Fresh Talent (Working in Scotland) visa you will unfortunately not be eligible to apply for the T1GE visa.