The Tier 1 (graduate entrepreneur) category has been expanded to include talented MBA graduates from UK higher education institutions (HEI) as well as overseas graduates whom UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) identifies as the brightest and best entrepreneurs from overseas HEIs.

From 6 April 2013, there will be 2,000 places within the allocation limit, 1,000 places for MBA graduates of UK HEIs, 900 places for graduates in any subject from UK HEIs and 100 places for elite global graduate entrepreneurs identified by UKTI.

This route will now open to overseas applicants, not just those who are in-country.

A further change is being made to enable Tier 2 (general) migrants to switch into the category as long as they have been working for their UK HEIs as post-doctoral researchers after graduation.

Recognising that the changes may cause confusion, the immigration team has put together a guide to the Tier 1 (graduate entrepreneur) route. To view the guide, please click here.