Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Endorsement for completing students and post doctoral researchers

What is a Visa Endorsement?Ox and Careers Service logo

The University of Oxford Careers Service invites students, recent graduates and post-doctoral researchers who wish to stay in the UK to develop their business ideas and who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for University endorsement.

Under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category for the UKBA points-based system, the University of Oxford may endorse up to twenty graduates who have ‘genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills, to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish one or more businesses in the UK.’ Ten of the endorsements will be allocated to MBA graduates and a further ten are available to graduates in any subject and to post-doctoral researchers with a Tier 2 visa sponsored by the University.


How does it work?

Applicants 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.


How do I apply?

Applicants must apply through Career Connect. Please search for vacancy 53557 (General) or 53558 (MBA). If you do not yet have an account on Career Connect, please visit http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/our-services/careerconnect/ 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.

Closing date for applications is 15 September. Interviews will be held on 2 October.

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


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