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The Home Office offers a number of international graduates the opportunity (on an annual basis) to apply for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) scheme, nationally. In order to be accepted onto Solent's Tier 1 scheme, you must first have been accepted onto our Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme (GEP). This will mean that you will have to present your business plan to one of the timetabled GEP panels.
Please note that we will not endorse you if you have not been through our GEP.
This academic year (2015/2016) Southampton Solent University was successful in securing five places in consultation with the Home Office. The University has therefore pledged to support five international students who wish to stay in the UK (when they would otherwise return to their home countries) to develop their ideas into sustainable UK-based businesses.
The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa allows those graduates with sustainable business ideas the opportunity to remain in the UK, provided they fulfil the Home Office criteria. For a period of 12 months the successful candidates must commit themselves to turning their idea into commercial reality.
For its part, Solent University (as sponsor) undertakes to offer training and mentoring support where applicable, and to monitor progression on behalf of the Home Office. As such, a member of the University’s Enterprise team must meet the student every three months to check that progress has been made, and offer support as and when required. At the end of the year, if the idea is still viable and progress has been made, participants have the opportunity to apply for an additional year, assuming they still comply with Home Office requirements and can demonstrate that their business is on track to be turning over £50k by the end of the second year.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme welcomes international and non-EU applicants, from all subjects and disciplines. However, the applicant should be aware that priority might be given to those who have achieved either a first or 2.1 BA/BSc (Hons) degree or masters qualification.
In time you will be contacted by the Home Office with the result of your application; if successful you will be issued with a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, a copy of which you must submit to the University.
You should be aware that the notification process may take some time as some times of year are busier for the Home Office than others. You should be aware that sending a completed application form and receiving a letter of endorsement is not a guarantee of success. The Home Office will be weighing up other factors (such as your financial liquidity over the last three months) and their decision is FINAL and cannot be influenced by the University.
Southampton Solent University takes its duties very seriously. There are certain responsibilities that we, Southampton Solent University (as the sponsor) must comply with and we do need your support with this. For instance you must inform us immediately if your contact details change as we need to know how to get hold of you quickly if the Home Office needs to contact you.
We are obliged to regularly review your progress on behalf of the Home Office, so failure to attend these scheduled sessions may jeopardise your chances of receiving a further endorsement from us at the end the first year. As sponsors we are duty-bound to inform any perceived infringements of your duties to the Home Office.
These responsibilities are clearly stated in the declaration of intent (step 6).
Good luck with your Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa application.
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