On 11th April 2022, the new Global Business Mobility visa was introduced. This visa route provides five different ways for overseas businesses to expand into or transfer employees to the UK. Our immigration specialist Alice Boyle shares details on the five routes.
This route is specifically for senior or specialist employees looking to transfer temporarily to an existing UK subsidiary or branch of their overseas employer. This new category replaces the previous Intra-company transfer (ICT) visa routes although existing ICT visa holders will not be affected. This visa is particularly helpful when an employee cannot meet the English language requirements for a Skilled Worker visa.
This route allows senior or specialist employees of an overseas business to come to the UK to set up a registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary. This category has replaced the representative of an overseas business (sole representative) visa although there are significant differences in particular the new requirement for the UK entity to have a sponsor licence. A positive is the fact that the UK authorities have waived the requirement for the applicant not to control the overseas company. This means that majority shareholders or owners of overseas companies can now apply for this visa. They will need to be able to show that their UK expansion plan is credible and not merely for immigration purposes.
This is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK to provide services covered by one of the UK’s international trade agreements. The worker needs to be either a contractual service supplier employed by an overseas service provider or a self-employed independent professional.
This route replaces the previous ICT – Graduate Trainee category and is for employees normally employed outside the UK at a connected group company on a graduate training course. Such employees can come to the UK as part of their graduate training/work placement with a view to then taking up a senior management or specialist position outside the UK. The employee must have worked for the sponsor outside the UK for at least 3 months before applying.
Whatever your priorities, our immigration team (in conjunction with our corporate and employment teams where appropriate) can advise you on the best way for your business and employees to come to the UK. Get in touch with our specialist team to talk through your requirements.