Coventry University Tier 1

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Coventry University Tier 1

Coventry University Tier 1

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) scheme was established on the 6 April 2012. It is designed to give students who have recently and successfully completed a degree, or higher level course, at Coventry University or Coventry University London Campus (referred to as Coventry University hereafter), and that have a ‘genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills’, the opportunity to develop these within the UK with the support of the University.

Information about this scheme is available in the Tier 1 GE policy guidance.


Who can apply?

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree level course or higher at Coventry University and have had their business idea successfully assessed by Coventry University’s Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, can make an application under this category.

It is possible to apply within the UK, provided you have current valid leave under Tier 4, or overseas, however the maintenance requirements differ, please see the ‘How much money do I need?’ section for more details.

You cannot switch into the Tier 1 GE category if you have previously had Post Study Work leave or were granted leave under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland, International Graduates, or Science and Engineering Graduate Schemes.

Please be aware that Coventry University can sponsor only a limited number of applicants under Tier 1 GE and the standard expected of applicants is high.


When should I apply?

You are required to show that you have money to support yourself in your bank account for at least 90 consecutive days prior to the date of your application, so it is advisable to begin preparing your application as soon as possible.

You should expect the assessment of your business plan to take a minimum of two weeks, but the process will be longer if you do not provide a fully comprehensive business plan at your initial consultation. You should plan to make your application from outside the UK if you have not completed the business assessment process in full, less than one month before the end date of your visa.