6. Extend your visa

You can apply to extend your stay in the UK under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.

You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

You should apply before your current visa expires.


You must already have this visa and all of the following:

  • a new endorsement letter from your UK higher education institute or UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) confirming that you’ve made satisfactory progress in developing your business
  • at least £945 available

How long you can stay

A Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa can be extended for one year.

You may be able to switch into a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa at the end of your 2 years as a Graduate Entrepreneur if your business is successful.

How to extend your visa

Download and fill in the application form and send it with your documents to the address given on the front of the form.

You’ll have to pay the healthcare charge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

You should read the guidance on the form in full before you apply.

Biometric information

You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This costs £19.20.

You can give your biometric information at certain Post Office branches.

You’ll get a biometric residence permit if your application to switch your visa is successful.

How long it takes

A decision will be made on your application within 8 weeks.

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances, eg you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.