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Global Business Mobility Visa – Overview

The UK has expanded its range of immigration routes to include five new Global Business Mobility visa schemes. Starting from 11 April 2022, migrants are able to apply for entry to the UK as part of their work for a business that has a presence in the country or wants to start operations here. If your overseas business intends to send employees to the UK, the new Global Business Mobility visa scheme could help. As highly experienced immigration lawyers, the experts at WH Solicitors will help you to understand the requirements for a UK visa and guide you through the application process.

Find out more about the new Global Mobility visa scheme below.

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What is a Global Business Mobility Visa?

On 15 March 2022, the UK Government set out the creation of three new visa categories under the points-based immigration system. These include the Global Business Mobility, Scale-up, and High Potential Investor visa routes.

The Global Business Mobility visa routes may be relevant to overseas businesses who wish to sponsor workers to come to the UK. An application could be made to transfer overseas workers into an existing UK arm of the business, to establish a presence in the UK for the first time, or to engage in a specific business activity.

Of the five Global Business Mobility visa routes, four replace existing visa categories while one creates a new visa scheme for workers on secondment to the UK.

Who Should Apply for a Global Business Mobility Visa?

The Global Business Mobility visa scheme may help international businesses to establish a presence in the UK by transferring senior and specialist staff in order to fulfil specific contracts. This visa route has been divided into five categories, each of which is suitable for different types of migrant workers.

Global Mobility Visa Routes

The Global Business Mobility visa scheme has created five new routes under which overseas workers can apply for entry to the UK.

1. Senior or Specialist Worker Visa

This new visa route replaces the Intra-Company Transfer visa scheme. The route is available to senior managers and specialist employees who are being re-assigned to a UK business that is owned, or has an owner in common, with the business they already work for abroad.

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2. Graduate Trainee Visa

The Graduate Trainee visa route replaces the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee visa scheme. It is available for workers who are undertaking a graduate training course that will lead to some form of senior management or specialist position. The scheme is suitable for applicants who need to undertake a work placement in the UK as part of their training.

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3. UK Expansion Worker Visa

The UK Expansion Worker visa replaces the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route, although the older visa scheme will remain open to Media Representatives and any migrants who are already in the UK and seeking to extend their visa or apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. The UK Expansion Worker visa is intended for specialist and senior employees who have been assigned to the UK arm of an overseas business to expand its presence in the UK.

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4. Secondment Worker Visa

The Secondment visa scheme is a new category of visa that will allow overseas workers to come to the UK on secondment as part of an investment or high-value contract for their foreign employer. The new Global Business Mobility visa allows workers to be transferred to the UK on secondment in order to participate in a business expansion project of high-value contract.

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5. Service Supplier Visa

The Service Supplier visa scheme is a replacement route for contractual service providers and independent professional persons who would previously have applied under the Temporary Worker – International Agreement route. The route allows overseas workers to come to the UK to provide a service as part of a UK trade commitment. This includes individuals who have been employed by a foreign government to work in the UK, and other individuals who will provide a service that cannot be completed by an existing UK resident.

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Global Mobility Visa – Sponsorship Requirement

To qualify for a Global Mobility visa, applicants must meet the specific requirements for the scheme under which they are applying. The five different routes each have their own criteria, but it is important to note that applicants will require sponsorship from the employer who they will be working for or with during their time in the UK. This means that the UK-based organisations that will host Global Business Mobility visa applicants will need to apply to the Home Office for a sponsor licence.

Switching to a Global Mobility Visa

Migrants who currently have leave to remain in the UK under another route may be able to extend their stay by applying to switch to a Global Business Mobility visa. The application requirements differ between the five different categories of Global Business Mobility visa, and it will not be possible to make the switch if you were last granted permission to enter the UK as a visitor, short-term student, parent of a child student, domestic worker in a private household, or seasonal worker.

How We Can Help

Our expert business immigration solicitors have assisted countless employers and skilled overseas workers. We have extensive experience of the UK immigration rules and will act on your behalf to put forward the strongest possible visa application to the Home Office.

From helping employers to obtain sponsor licences through to assisting skilled employees as they take their first steps towards starting a new life in the UK, WH Solicitors provides clear advice to deliver successful outcomes.

For more information, help, and support, contact our team today by calling (+44) 01483 608 786 or by emailing contact@whsolicitors.co.uk.

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Global Business Mobility Visa – FAQs

Yes, the Global Business Mobility visa is a sponsored immigration route. This means that applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from an employer who has received a Sponsorship Licence from the UK Home Office.

Yes, family members of a Global Business Mobility visa can be accompanied by their partner and dependant children provided that they meet the relevant eligibility criteria. They will need to demonstrate their relationship with the primary visa holder, provide an overseas criminal record certificate for any country they have lived in for at least 12 months during the last 10 years, and Tuberculosis testing certificates if they are coming from one of the countries listed on the following page of the government website. UK immigration officials will also need to be satisfied that they have enough funds to support themselves when they come to the country.

None of the Global Business Mobility visa categories currently allow migrants to apply for settlement in the UK. Even the UK Expansion Worker visa scheme, which replaces the Representative of an Overseas Business visa, does not lead directly to settled status despite the earlier scheme allowing for Indefinite Leave applications.

In order to successfully apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, a Global Business Mobility visa holder would need to satisfy the acceptance criteria for another route and apply to switch.

The contents of this webpage are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice. All information is correct as of the date of publication, and any individual or organisation should be careful to seek qualified advice from a specialist immigration lawyer before acting on any of the topics referenced by this content.

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The Secondment Worker visa is intended for overseas workers who are taking up a temporary work position in the UK as part of a high-value contract, investment, or project. This is a brand-new visa scheme that was launched by the Government alongside reforms to other types of Global Mobility Visa.

There are strict entry requirements for anyone who wishes to apply for a Secondment Worker visa. This makes it even more important to put forward the strongest possible application with supporting evidence to demonstrate exactly why you qualify and how you’ll be an asset to your employer and the organisation you’ll be on secondment to.

This guide explains more about the Global Business Mobility: Secondment Worker visa. Read on to learn more about how the experienced WH Solicitors team could help you to file a successful visa application.

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H2: What is the Global Business Mobility Visa Scheme?

On 15 March 2022, the UK Government launched a new set of visa schemes under the revised points-based immigration system. The Global Mobility visa scheme was established at this time, and provides skilled workers with a variety of routes to enter and work in the UK for a temporary period.

 

H2: Global Business Mobility Visa –Requirements for Secondment Workers

To qualify for a Global Business Mobility – Secondment Worker Visa, you will need to show that you meet the relevant requirements. You must:

  • Get a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a sponsor licence from the Home Office.
  • Have been approved for a secondment to a UK business or organisation that has a contract with your overseas employer for the work that you will do.
  • Have worked for your overseas employer, or a member of the same business group, for at least 12 months before making an application.
  • Have been sponsored for a job that is on the government’s list of eligible occupations.
  • Be paid at least the minimum eligible salary for the role you are taking.
  • Be able to show that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself when you come to the UK.

 

H2: Getting a Certificate of Sponsorship

To get approved for a Secondment Worker visa, you will need a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK business that has received a sponsorship licence from the Home Office. The sponsorship certificate will provide details of the work that you will do whilst in the UK, and show that your overseas employer is connected to the secondment business by common ownership or control.

In some cases, the Home Office may consider whether there is a genuine need for the job described in the Certificate of Sponsorship. They may also wish to investigate the sponsor’s history with the immigration system to determine whether they are likely to comply with the relevant rules including those relating to pay and working conditions for migrant workers.

 

H2: Visa Conditions

Once you have been approved for a Secondment Worker visa, you will be able to stay in the UK for the shorter of either a period of 12 months, or for a maximum of 14 days longer than the date shown on your sponsorship certificate.

Whilst in the UK, you will be permitted to work for your sponsor in the job that is described on your certificate of sponsorship, start an educational course and study, bring your dependant partner, spouse or children to the UK if they are eligible, undertake voluntary or charity work, and travel overseas and return to the UK.

Secondment Worker visa holders are not permitted to do the following:

  • apply for public funds, most benefits, or the State Pension;
  • change to another job without updating their visa;
  • take on a second job;
  • apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain to stay in the UK permanently.

 

H2: How We Can Help

WH Solicitors is a specialist immigration law practice that offers expert advice and practical help that allows businesses and individual migrants to navigate the UK legal system. We make it easy for clients to apply for a visa and assist companies as they apply for a sponsorship licence.

For a personal, professional approach to immigration law, contact our expert team today by calling (+44) 01483 608 786 or by emailing contact@whsolicitors.co.uk.

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FAQs

Yes, all Global Business Mobility visa routes require sponsorship from an employer with a valid sponsorship licence. You will not be able to gain leave to remain as a secondment worker without a valid certificate of sponsorship.

When applying for a Secondment Worker visa, you will usually need to pay:

  • the £259 application fee; and
  • the healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay in the UK.

You will also need to show that you have enough money to support yourself and any dependants when you come to the UK.

If you will not be coming to the UK on secondment for a project or major contract, you will need to apply for leave to remain under another visa category and will not be able to attain a valid certificate of sponsorship.

Applications for a Secondment Worker visa can be made up to 3 months before the day you intend to start work in the UK. This date should be listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application has been submitted, it could take up to three weeks for a decision to be made if you are applying from outside the UK, or 8 weeks if you’re already in the country.

The contents of this webpage are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice. All information is correct as of the date of publication, and any individual or organisation should be careful to seek qualified advice from a specialist immigration lawyer before acting on any of the topics referenced by this content.