There are 5 Global Business Mobility visas under this route. These are: Senior or Specialist Worker, Graduate Trainee, UK Expansion Worker, Service Supplier and Secondment Worker.
It is aimed at workers based outside the UK who are undertaking a temporary work assignment for a business in the UK.
The Senior or Specialist Worker visa is for overseas workers who are a senior manager or specialist employee and is coming to a UK business linked to their overseas employer on a temporary basis.
The Senior or Specialist Worker visa is not significantly different from its predecessor, the Intra Company Transfer visa.
The eligibility criteria remain largely the same however the minimum salary has increased from £41,500 per year to £42,400 per year.
The ICT visa’s graduate trainee route is now a separate standalone visa type.
Yes, you can bring certain family members known as “dependants” with you. These are your:
If you are already in the UK with your dependants and you switch to the Senior or Specialist Worker visa, they will be able to remain with you. Whether or not they need to apply for new visas will depend on the circumstances and it is recommended that you contact us to discuss this further.
The maximum total stay in the UK is:
This includes time spent in the UK on a previous Global Business Mobility visa or Intra-Company Transfer visa.
No, the Senior or Specialist Worker is a temporary visa which does not lead to settlement in the UK.
Yes, you need a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK company to be able to apply for this visa. The UK company should be a group company of your current employer overseas.
For the Senior or Specialist Worker visa, you need to have worked for your overseas employer for at least 12 months. This 12 month requirement can be avoided if the role that you will take in the UK pays a salary of £73,900 pa or more.
For the Senior or Specialist Worker visa the minimum salary is £42,400pa.
Yes. The role that you will be sponsored to do must be at RQF Level 3 or above (equivalent to A Level).
Yes. You must be able to provide bank statements showing that you have had at least £1,270 in your bank account for the 28 days immediately before the visa application is submitted. This requirement can be avoided if your sponsor agrees to ‘certify your maintenance’ on the Certificate of Sponsorship.
No, the Senior or Specialist Worker visa does not require you to evidence your English language ability as part of the application process.
You will be required to complete an online application form, upload copies of your supporting documents and then book and attend an in-person appointment to give your biometric details (fingerprints and photograph).
The fee for the Senior or Specialist Worker visa depends on where you are applying from and the duration of your visa:
|Visa for up to 3 years||Visa for more than 3 years|
|Switching inside the UK||£719||£1,423|
|Applying from outside the UK||£625||£1,235|
You will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for the duration of your visa and may have to pay a fee of £19.20 to enrol your biometric information.
If you are a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia, the fee payable will be slightly lower. Please contact us for further information.
This is currently £624 per person, per year of your visa and it is an upfront cost.
The supporting documents are specific to each applicant but generally the following documents are likely to apply:
|ID||Passport and current BRP (if you have one)|
|Evidence of employment||Payslips and bank statements|
|Maintenance funds||Bank statements showing at least £1,270 held for the 28 days before the application unless the sponsor certifies maintenance|
|Criminal record certificate (for some roles only) ||Criminal record certificate from any country (excluding the UK) you have lived in cumulatively or continuously for 12 months or more in the last 10 years whilst aged 18 or over|
|TB test||Clear TB test if you are from a country requiring a TB test
Yes if any of the documents are not in English or Welsh. There are specific guidelines set by UKVI for the provision of translated documents, please contact us to discuss these.
Yes, which also means that you will subsequently be able to apply for ILR after holding the Skilled Worker visa for 5 years.
To discuss your options for switching visa types, please contact us.
If you are applying from outside the UK, your application should be dealt with within 3 weeks.
If you are applying from inside the UK, your application should be dealt with within 8 weeks.
You can, in certain circumstances, pay an additional fee to use a priority or premium service for a faster decision.
We provide a range of services to Senior or Specialist Worker visa applicants including assistance with their initial application and switching to this visa category. This includes:
Fee estimate*: £1,250 – £2,500
*: Our fees are calculated based on the number of hours it will take us to carry out this work. The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case, such as:
Fees are excluding VAT at the rate of 20%. VAT may or may not be payable on the above fee estimate as this is dependent on the country in which you reside and you will be advised of this before work on your application commences. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees payable to the Home Office and document translation fees. These are not included in the above estimates.
Full details can be found in our comprehensive pricing document, which can be found here, or please contact one of our immigration specialists.
The Global Business Mobility Graduate Trainee visa is for overseas workers who have been accepted onto a graduate training course/placement in the UK which leads to a senior management or specialist position.
To qualify you must:
You can stay in the UK with a Graduate Trainee Visa for whichever is shorter of:
The UK Expansion Worker visa allows you to come to the UK to set up a branch of an overseas business that has not yet started trading in the UK.
To be eligible for a UK Expansion Worker Visa you need to:
The Sole Representative visa route is no longer open to new applicants and was more flexible than the UK Expansion Worker visa. It also led to settlement in the UK which the UK Expansion Worker visa does not. In addition, the UK Expansion Worker visa requires sponsorship which the Sole Rep visa didn’t. However the Sole Rep visa only allowed one individual to come to the UK set up a UK entity whereas the UK Expansion Worker visa allows up to 5 individuals to launch the business in the UK.
You can stay in the UK with the UK Expansion Worker visa for whichever is shorter of:
The Service Supplier visa allows individuals who are either a contractual service supplier employed by an overseas service provider or a self-employed independent professional based overseas, to come to the UK temporarily to carry out qualifying contract work.
To be eligible for a Service Supplier visa, you must:
You can stay for whichever is the shorter of:
If you have spent time in the UK previously on a different visa, this may limit your stay in the UK to a maximum of 5 years in any 6 year period.
This is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is being seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas.
To be eligible for a Secondment Worker visa, you must:
You can stay in the UK with a Secondment Worker visa for whichever is shorter of:
The visa can be extended by 12 months such that the maximum duration that the visa can be held for is 2 years.
Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.
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