The UK Border Agency has produced a list of authorised bodies that are permitted to endorse graduates wishing to apply under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route. This route is was designed for graduates who do not have a job offer from a UK employer, but instead have an ‘outstanding business idea’ that they wish to develop in the UK.
Under the UK Border Agency’s rules, Higher Education Institutions will play a major role in identifying graduates who have developed ‘world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills’ as well as in endorsing and providing support to those graduates.
Only the Higher Education Institutions outlined in the UK Border Agency’s list will be able to endorse graduates wishing to apply under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route. The full list of institutions authorised by the UK Border Agency can be found here.