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Global Mobility

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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Secondment Worker Visa

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.

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Government Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work) Work Experience


A Government Authorised Exchange Visa allows people to come to the UK for a short period of time for various work and study-related reasons. These include:-

  • Training
  • An Overseas Government Language Programme
  • Research or a fellowship through an approved government-authorised exchange scheme
  • Work experience
 

The Government Authorised Exchange Visa is new and replaces a previous visa called a T5.

The Eligibility Requirements for a Government-Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work)

  • You must have a Certificate of Sponsorship – this is not a hard copy document but a reference number that supports your personal details and information about the job
  • Your job must pay at least the UK minimum wage
  • You must have enough money to support yourself whilst in the UK. Usually, this is a minimum of £1,270, which will need to show as a balance in your bank account for at least 28 continuous days
 

Documents you’ll Need to Apply for a Government Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work)

Here are the documents you will need: –

  • A Certificate of Sponsorship, which is a virtual document, so essentially, the reference number
  • A valid passport that confirms your nationality and identity or equivalent document
  • Evidence that you have enough savings to support yourself in the UK – this is usually demonstrated with bank statements or your employer or sponsor has completed the section on the Certificate of Sponsorship, which states they can support you
  • If you have a partner and/or children who are applying with you, proof of their relationship to you
  • A clear TB certificate if you are coming from a country where it is an entry requirement to take the test
  • If you are required to produce one, a valid ATAS certificate
  • A letter from an international scholarship agency or a government which gives consent for you to re-enter the UK or remain in the UK
 

There are two ways to prove your identity. You can use the UK Immigration ID Check app to scan your ID documents, or you’ll need to attend a visa application centre to obtain a biometric residence permit. The centre may be some distance from where you live, and they may keep your ID documents while processing your application. Sometimes, you can apply for an express service to speed up your visa application, although there will be an extra fee.

Are you Considering Applying for a Government Authorised Exchange (Temporary Work) Visa?

The entry requirements to Britain are governed by UK immigration law, which is complex and sometimes difficult to understand. It can be hard to follow the application process, particularly if you don’t speak English well and have no one to help you.

An immigration expert can represent you throughout the entire application process, including guiding you on which documents are required and submitting the application on your behalf. They can answer your questions and signpost you to other organisations who may be able to help you with your stay in the UK.

WH Solicitors, Experts in Immigration

WH Solicitors are immigration professionals with many years of experience representing clients applying for different UK visas. Our specialist team is friendly and approachable and offers informative and practical advice.

Why Use WH Solicitors?

The expert immigration team at WH Solicitors offers a practical and efficient service representing you throughout the application process for a Government Authorised Exchange Visa. Our fees are reasonable and transparent; you will know exactly what it costs before we start work.

Here’s how we can help.

  • Assess your situation and check your eligibility
  • Identify and verify the documents required for your application, including appropriate evidence to confirm your financial status and that of your partner and any children, if applicable
  • Review your Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Arrange for legalised translations of documents that are in a foreign language
  • Submit your online application
  • Represent you throughout the process and answer your questions and queries
  • Handle visa applications for your partner and children who want to apply with you
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long does obtaining a Government Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work) take?

Most decisions are made within three weeks if you’re outside the UK. It can take up to eight weeks if you’re inside the UK. If you are required to attend an in-person appointment to prove your identity, then the process may take longer. However, if you attend in person, you may be able to pay a fee for an express service and fast-track your application.

How much does obtaining a Government Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work) cost?

The application fee to apply for this visa is £298. There is also a healthcare surcharge, typically £624 per year. If you want to fast track your application, then this will be an additional cost. If you instruct a lawyer to act on your behalf, their fees will also be extra.

How long can you stay in the UK on a Government Authorised Exchange Visa (Temporary Work)?

Your visa will have a maximum length of twelve or twenty-four months, depending on why you are coming to the UK. The precise amount of time you can stay also depends on the start and end date of the visa. If your job ends, you can stay in the UK for a further two weeks as long as you don’t exceed the end date on the visa. You must leave the UK by the end date on your visa.

My employer can cover my costs for the first month in the UK, what do I need to show?

Your employer or sponsor must confirm this on the Certificate of Sponsorship. There is a section that they need to complete called the ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’ section, which can be found under ‘Additional Data.’

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Contact WH Solicitors today to start an application for a Government Authorised Exchange Visa. Our team of experts will organise the online application and handle your case from start to finish, making the process as stress-free as possible.

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.