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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa


The Royal College of Art is an authorised UK HEI able to endorse a limited number of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visas, which allows entrepreneurial graduates with world class innovative ideas to remain in the UK to develop their businesses following graduation.

Outstanding graduates who win a place in the InnovationRCA Incubator may be endorsed to stay in the UK to develop their businesses for 12 months initially and the stay may be extended for a further 12 months, providing the Royal College of Art, as sponsor, is satisfied with the business progress made during incubation.

Successful graduates may also be able to sponsor dependents provided they meet the Border Agency Tier 1 maintenance requirements.

To qualify for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, candidates will need to apply to the InnovationRCA Start-up Programme.

How to apply for an RCA endorsement

The Royal College of Art, through the InnovationRCA incubator programme, is able to endorse up to 10 RCA students per year (subject to confirmation) for a Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visa. To apply for the endorsement, you must participate in the annual selection process. There are some additional gateways for those applying via the Graduate Entrepreneur visa route. You will need to be present for each of these stages to be eligible.

The application process:

  • Click here for more information
  • If your application is successful you will receive the RCA's endorsement letter in time to submit your visa application to the Border Agency

For more information, please visit the Home Office website