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Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneur

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrants

This route is for MBA and other Isle of Man graduates who have been identified by Higher Education Institutions as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to extend their stay in the Isle of Man after graduation to establish one or more businesses in the Isle of Man.


You apply online for entry clearance at UK Visas and Immigration.

To switch into this category or extend your stay use the relevant application form.


You must be endorsed by an Isle of Man Higher Education Institution which:

  • has Highly Trusted Sponsor status under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System
  • is an A-rated Sponsor under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System if a Tier 2 licence is held
  • is an A-rated Sponsor under Tier 5 of the Points-Based System if a Tier 5 licence is held
  • has degree-awarding powers and
  • has established processes and competence for identifying, nurturing and developing entrepreneurs among its undergraduate and postgraduate population

The endorsement must confirm that the endorsing body has assessed the applicant and considers that:

  • the applicant has a genuine and credible business idea and
  • the applicant will spend the majority of his working time on developing business ventures and
  • if the applicant is applying for leave to remain and his last grant of leave was as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), he has made satisfactory progress in developing his business since that leave was granted

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • bring family members with you
  • extend your stay in the UK using this visa
  • switch into this visa from some other visa categories

You can’t:

  • get public funds
  • work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • work as a professional sportsperson, for example a sports coach
  • settle in the UK on this visa

How long you can stay

Entry clearance or leave to remain will be granted for a period of 1 year and will be subject to the following conditions:

  • no recourse to public funds
  • registration with the police (where appropriate)
  • no employment as a Doctor or Dentist in Training
  • no employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach) and
  • no study subject to the condition set out in Part 15 of the immigration rules

The Isle of Man Immigration Service cannot provide Immigration advice as this would compromise our positions as regulators when assessing any application you may make.


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