Global Business Mobility
The UK offers several Global Business Mobility visas for overseas workers. These visa routes aim to bring employees on a short-term or long-term basis to their UK branches. The aim of these visa routes is to simplify the process of hiring talent from outside the UK.
It is important to note that the visas issued in this category are nonimmigrant visas. This means that you can’t use them for residency, permanent settlement, or similar purposes.
If you are applying for any type of Global Business Mobility visa, the experienced immigration lawyers at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law office can help you. Our UK Global Business Mobility visa solicitors offer tailored help and guidance.
Types of Global Business Mobility Visas
You can choose from many routes when applying for a Global Business Mobility visa. These include:
- Senior or Specialist Worker visa
- Graduate Trainee visa
- UK Expansion Worker visa
- Secondment Worker visa
- Service Supplier visas
Here is a look at each of these visa types.
Senior or Specialist Worker visa
This type of visa is aimed at highly paid individuals who want to continue working with their current employer at a UK branch or location. It replaces the previously offered Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa.
You must meet several requirements to be eligible for this type of visa. The most notable among these is the minimum salary threshold, which may make this visa accessible only for those who work in senior positions.
The key requirements for a Senior or Specialist Worker visa include the following:
- You must be employed by a Licensed Sponsor who is approved by the Home Office
- Your employer must be paying you £42,400, or the average going rate for your role, whichever of these is higher
- You must have been working with your current employer outside the UK for at least 12 months before you apply for this visa
- If you haven’t been with your employer for at least 12 months, you may be eligible if you earn £73,900 or more per year
- Your job must be on the list of eligible occupations
- You must have received a Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer
You must also meet specific financial requirements to demonstrate that you can support yourself once you arrive in the UK.
The visa application fee for a Senior or Specialist Worker visa is £625 if your visa duration is up to 3 years. For a visa duration of above 3 years, the fee is £1,235. You can expect a decision on your visa application within three weeks.
You can consult our Senior or Specialist Worker visa solicitors for help and guidance with the visa application process.
Graduate Trainee visa
The Graduate Trainee Visa allows overseas workers to join an employer in the UK as a part of the graduate training program leading to high-paid senior or specialist roles. This is a non-immigrant visa, so you can’t use it to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or any other settlement.
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a Graduate Trainee visa:
- You must be aged 18 or above.
- Current Employment. Your current employer must be linked to a Licensed Sponsor in the UK through a joint venture, or due to common ownership or control. You must have been working with your current employer for at least 3 months before your visa application.
- Expected Pay in the UK. You must be offered a salary of at least £23,100 per year, or 70% of the going rate for your position, whichever is higher.
- Certificate of Sponsorship. You must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK sponsor. The COS must have been issued no more than 3 months before the application.
- Skill Level. You must prove that your job is skilled to at least the RQF Level 6.
- Financial Requirements. You must have cash funds of at least £1,270 which must have been with you for at least 28 days of the 31 days immediately preceding your visa application.
You can consult the experienced immigration lawyers at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law office to see if you qualify for a UK Graduate Trainee Visa.
UK Expansion Worker visa
A UK Expansion Worker visa allows you to undertake the expansion of an existing overseas business by establishing it in the UK as well. This type of visa is typically meant for managerial professionals such as senior managers or specialists.
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a UK Expansion Worker Visa:
- You must be aged 18 or above.
- You must be the current employee of an overseas business that is connected to your UK sponsor through joint control or ownership.
- You must have been with your current employee for at least 12 months, or you must be earning £73,900 per annum or more in which case the employment duration condition is waived.
- You must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK sponsor.
- You must be paid a salary of £42,400 or more per annum, or the going rate for the job, whichever is higher.
- You must have the financial means to support yourself once in the UK. This involves having cash funds of at least £1,270 which must have been in your account for 28 consecutive days in the 31 days preceding the application.
Depending on your circumstances, you may have to fulfil other requirements as well when applying for a UK Expansion Worker visa. The immigration lawyers at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law office can help you determine if you are eligible for this visa category.
Secondment Worker visa
A Secondment Worker Visa allows you to come to the UK if you work with an overseas employer who has a substantial business with a Licensed Sponsor in the UK. To be eligible for this type of visa, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be employed by an overseas employer who has a contract with your UK sponsor worth at least £50 million, with at least £10 million in business volume per year. This contrast must have been registered with the Home Office by your UK sponsor.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must have been an employee of the overseas employer for at least 12 months.
- You must prove that your intended job is skilled at the RQF Level 6 at the very least.
- You must show that the job you intend to undertake in the UK is genuine and that you are suited to the job responsibilities.
- You must receive a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from your UK sponsor.
- You must have funds of at least £1,270 which you must have held for at least 28 consecutive days in the 31 days preceding your visa application.
You may be required to meet several other requirements to be eligible for this type of visa. Our Secondment Worker visa solicitors can help you fulfil these requirements and file your application without wasting any time.
Service Supplier visas
The UK Service Supplier visa is a type of UK Global Business Mobility visa. This visa type is meant for employers of overseas service providers who want to come to the UK. You must meet the following requirements to apply for this type of visa:
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are currently employed by an overseas service provider who has a contract with your UK sponsor
- You have been employed by the overseas service provider for at least 12 months
- You intend to do a genuine job skilled to at least RQF Level 6
- You have a valid Certificate Of Sponsorship from your UK sponsor
- You have the financial means to support yourself during your stay in the UK
If you want to apply for a UK Global Business Mobility – Service Supplier visa, we can help you. Our Service Supplier visa solicitors can work with you to ascertain whether you meet the requirements for the visa.
Why Choose Adam Bernard’s Solicitors?
Whether you want to come to the UK as a graduate trainee, a service supplier, or for any other roles related to UK Global Business Mobility visas, we can help you.
Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law office, our lawyers offer tailored help and advice on Global Business Mobility visa routes. We work with you to determine which route applies to your particular case and how you can meet the eligibility requirements for that route.
Our Global Business Mobility visa solicitors offered help, advice, and guidance along every step of the visa application process. With the help of our immigration lawyers, you can significantly improve your odds of getting a positive outcome.
Call us today at 0207-100-0505 to discuss your case with our lawyers and schedule a free consultation.