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What are the key eligibility criteria for the UK Expansion Worker visa?

To be eligible for a UK Expansion Worker Visa you need to:

  • already work for an overseas business as either a senior manager or specialist employee
  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship from your employer
  • have worked for your employer outside the UK for at least 12 months unless you earn over £73,900 per year or are a Japanese national doing work for a Japanese company expanding into the UK
  • do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations and
  • be paid the minimum eligible salary required for your job which is a minimum of £42,400 per year or the ‘going rate’ for your job, whichever is higher

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