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Get expert support with Global Business Mobility visas from our UK online and London immigration solicitors and sponsorship licence lawyers.

Global Business Mobility visas have been introduced by the UK government in an attempt to simplify current work visa and business visa routes and bring them together under one umbrella. The new visa routes offer several options that, subject to meeting the relevant eligibility criteria, an overseas based employee can use to transfer their employment to the UK on either a short-term or longer-term basis.

For Global Business Mobility visa and immigration law advice, call the Sponsorship Licence lawyers at OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online.

The available routes for transferring employees to the UK from overseas have changed with the introduction of five types of Global Business Mobility visas. These are:

  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Service Supplier visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • UK Expansion Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Secondment Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Graduate Trainee visa (Global Business Mobility)

Securing the right type of visa for your employees can be complicated. It is important to understand which type of visa an employee needs in order to meet all of the eligibility requirements. You must also complete all of the required paperwork correctly and include all the necessary supporting documents.

At OTS Solicitors, our immigration solicitors have up-to-the-minute legal expertise in all areas of immigration law. We can significantly boost your chances of a successful application, as well as offering clear guidance if your application is refused.

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To discuss your Global Business Mobility visa requirements, we can talk with you at our offices, over the phone, or online via Web Conferencing such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx, or Skype.

To speak to our Global Business Mobility visa solicitors in London, please call now on 0203 959 9123 or use our simple online enquiries form.

Types of Global Business Mobility visas

Senior of Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

The category ‘senior or specialist workers’ in the Global Business Mobility visa replaces the old intra company transfer visa but there is a distinct advantage with the new visa.

If a worker transferred their employment to the UK under an intra company transfer visa, they could not apply for indefinite leave to remain. Time spent in the UK whilst on the intra company transfer visa does not count towards meeting the residence requirement for an indefinite leave to remain application.

The settlement opportunities with the senior or specialist worker route may make it more attractive to applicants who don’t want to uproot their families and return to their home country after a transfer of employment to the UK.

However, the senior or specialist worker route will still be restricted by its minimum salary threshold and skills level requirement. These will remain considerably higher than the minimum salary threshold and skill criteria for a skilled worker visa applicant.

Service Supplier visa (Global Business Mobility)

The service supplier category has replaced the previous international agreement visa that is a specialist temporary work visa.

UK Expansion Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

The category of ‘expansion workers’ is defined by the Home Office as employees who are asked by overseas based companies to come to the UK to set up a branch of the international company or subsidiary in the UK.

Under previous immigration rules, this route was referred to as the sole representative visa.

The new UK Expansion Worker visa is more ‘user friendly’ that the old sole representative visa as it allows a business to send up to five workers to the UK to establish the UK presence.

Under the old visa route, there could only be one sole representative per business. Under the old immigration rules, the sole representative could not transfer employees from an overseas branch of the international company to assist with the UK set up until they had both:

  • Successfully established the UK branch or subsidiary; and
  • Secured a sponsor licence to sponsor overseas based employees of the international company on skilled worker visas.

The old immigration rules for the sole representative visa means the sole representative had to be pretty special. This is because they needed to manage the set-up of the UK base without on-site help from overseas based worker colleagues who could share their knowledge of the international company and its vision for the UK operation.

The new UK Expansion Worker visa route means a team can come to the UK and work together to establish a new UK operation, which is likely to be more realistic for most businesses.

Secondment Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

Seconded or secondment workers are catered for under the Global Business Mobility visa route. This is not a replacement for workers coming to the UK to carry out permissible activities under a business visitor visa. That’s because the Global Business Mobility visa focuses on seconded workers who are seconded or assigned to the UK branch of an international company for the purpose of valuable contracts.

To be eligible for a Secondment Worker visa, your overseas employer will need to have a qualifying contract with a UK organisation for a minimum of £50 million. The UK organisation will then act as the sponsor for your visa.

This means that the seconded worker category is no substitute for permitted business activities under the business visitor visa.

Graduate Trainee visa (Global Business Mobility)

The Graduate Trainee Visa (Global Business Mobility) has replaced the Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa.

Under the old intra company transfer visa, a graduate could transfer their employment to work in the UK whilst on a structured graduate training programme. The new route offers the same opportunity, but graduates will need to have been employed by the international company for at least three months before they can be transferred to the UK.

They will also need to meet a minimum salary threshold of £23,100 per year.

Global Business Mobility visas explained

Is your business ‘globally mobile’?

If your company has overseas operational bases, do you currently transfer workers from EU and non-EEA countries to work in the UK? If not, do you plan to do so in the future to help your business combat the UK skills shortage?

  • If the answer is yes or maybe, then you need to know about the Global Business Mobility visa.
  • If the answer is no, then now is the time for your business to consider how your company’s needs can be met through recruitment within the UK. If you are struggling to recruit the right people, sponsor licences and the Global Business Mobility visa may be an answer for your company.

Who will the Global Business Mobility visa help?

The Global Business Mobility visa has been designed to help UK businesses with their business immigration needs, and overseas workers with their individual immigration requirements, through permitting the time limited transfer of staff to the UK under the points-based immigration system.

Our immigration lawyers anticipate that this will be of particular interest to businesses and organisations in the food and international trade industries.

Will a Global Business Mobility visa applicant require a sponsoring employer?

The question uppermost on the mind of UK business owners is whether the Global Business Mobility visa route will be a sponsored route requiring the UK employer to hold a Home Office issued sponsor licence.

The Home Office has said that to employ a worker under any of the Global Business Mobility visa categories, a business will need a sponsor licence. Therefore, UK businesses will need to have the systems in place to manage a sponsor licence and to comply with sponsor licence reporting and recording duties.

Global Business Mobility visa opportunities

The Global Business Mobility visa will provide more opportunities for international businesses, UK employers, and individuals looking to work and do business in the UK.

With the requirement for sponsorship, UK Sponsorship Licence lawyers say now is not the time to ignore the need to:

For expert sponsor licence help or strategic business immigration law advice, the specialist Sponsorship Licence lawyers at OTS Solicitors can assist your business.

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For help with your immigration law needs, call the Sponsorship Licence Lawyers at OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online.

Your Questions and our answers about UK Global Business Mobility Visa Solicitors

Thank you for your enquiry. If the admin review does not result in a favorable outcome, we can advise on potential legal avenues, such as appeals or judicial review. Given the complexities of immigration law, it is essential to have professional legal representation to navigate through these challenges successfully. It is also important at this stage to be able to substantiate and prove the elements referenced above. For more information, please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

With the CoS from your sponsor, you can then apply for the relevant UK work visa (e.g., Skilled Worker Visa) through the points-based system. This involves meeting the visa criteria, including a job offer from the licensed sponsor and meeting the required points based on salary, skill level, English proficiency, etc.

It’s essential that the company follows all legal and regulatory procedures to revive its status and apply for the necessary licenses to sponsor workers. Additionally, as an individual applying for a visa, you need to meet the specific visa requirements under Appendix Skilled Worker. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry. For your husband’s situation, as a dependent visa holder linked to your Tier 2 sponsorship and considering your naturalization as a British citizen, the appropriate form for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application would likely be FORM SET (O) – Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain Other Purposes.

FORM SET (O) is typically used for individuals who do not fall under specific visa categories and are applying for ILR for reasons other than those covered by other application forms. In this case, your husband, as a dependent on your previous visa, might not fit the criteria specifically outlined in FORM SET (M) for partners.

Rules and forms can occasionally change, and seeking advice from OTS Solicitors can offer tailored guidance based on the most current regulations. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

Your partner may be able to switch from sponsored employment to a spouse visa. There are various eligibility and suitability requirements for you and your child in addition to being able to meet the financial threshold of a minimum of £18,600 per year income plus additional for any dependents. The continuous residence would start from the beginning in this scenario. The requirements are in depth and we would advise that you arrange a consultation to determine if this route is appropriate. For more information, please call 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

You would usually receive a curtailment letter from the Home Office explaining your options if your employer has correctly notified them on the company’s circumstances. You would usually have a limited amount of time to switch to another sponsored route which can be done within the UK. We would recommend that you get in touch for more information and visit our sponsorship licence pages. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

Your employer may need to find the most suitable and closest description under the relevant occupation code. It is important to note the ‘going rate’ and salary requirements for the position. We would recommend that you get in touch for more information and visit our sponsorship licence pages. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

The cost of the sponsorship licence will depend on the size of the business.  If you are looking to sponsor candidates for employment, you would need to issue a valid CoS to the new employee. You may be able to apply for a defined CoS where you have already selected people to fill the positions or an undefined CoS which provides greater flexibility. We would recommend that you get in touch for more information and visit our sponsorship licence pages. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

The cost of the sponsorship licence will depend on the size of the business.  If you are looking to sponsor candidates for employment, you would need to issue a valid CoS to the new employee. You may be able to apply for a defined CoS where you have already selected people to fill the positions or an undefined CoS which provides greater flexibility. We would recommend that you get in touch for more information and visit our sponsorship licence pages. Please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

This would depend on the category of visa you have been granted. If it is a family/partner based visa, you may be able to make an in-country extension to satisfy the 5-year continuous residence requirement. If you are on a sponsored visa for employment, you would need to be issued a valid CoS covering the period of leave. For more information, please contact us on 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

The most-straightforward route may be to obtain a certificate of sponsorship from the company referenced above. The company would need to apply for a defined CoS which would enable them to sponsor you for a defined period to work for them. We can assist with the sponsorship licence and the skilled worker visa when you have obtained your CoS. For more information, please call 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

You would first need to obtain endorsement from one of the relevant endorsing bodies prior to making your application. We would be happy to discuss this with you during a meeting and explain the endorsement process and how to obtain a letter of endorsement. For more information, please call 02039599123 or click here 

Thank you for your enquiry.

There are various ways in which continuous residence can be met and we would need to identify your specific circumstances prior to advising on whether this is the most applicable route for you however it is unlikely that the years spent under the T5 route would count towards this. For more information, please call 02039599123 or click here 

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