Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker is targeted overseas managers and specialist employees who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK and are being assigned to a UK business linked to their employer overseas. This assignment is often called an intra-company transfer or ICT.
A partner and dependent children can apply to come to the UK on Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker too. However, this route does not lead to settlement. People who want to stay beyond the maximum period permitted will have to switch to another immigration route which leads to settlement.
You must satisfy the following requirements when you apply the Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker visa:
You may work for the ‘Sponsor group’, which means the sponsor and any business or organisation that is linked to the sponsor by common ownership or control, or by a joint venture on which the applicant is sponsored to work.
The job you are planning to do is genuine and is not created mainly for application of entry clearance or permission to stay. You must be currently working for the overseas business for at least 12 months, unless you are applying as a high earner. A high earner has a gross annual salary is £73,900 or more, based on working a maximum of 48 hours per week.
The 12 months’ work outside the UK can have been accumulated over any period that you were continuously working for the sponsor group, either in or out of the UK, for at least 12 months before the date of application. The breaks caused by the following reasons will be counted in the continuous period:
Job Skill Level Requirement
You must be sponsored for a job that you are eligible or above a minimum skill level. Your job must be on the occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations, unless you have, or last had, permission as a Senior or Specialist for a job exempted and you are sponsored to continue working in the same job for the same employer in the same occupation code.
The Appendix Skilled Occupations shows a list of jobs which are eligible for the Global Business Mobility routes with occupation codes, job type and related job titles. The sponsor must have chosen an appropriate code and you must have the appropriate skills, qualifications and experience needed to do the job described.
Your employer must pay you a salary which is not less than the general salary requirement or the going rate for the chosen occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations. The general salary requirement is £42,000 per year and the going rate requirement is 100% of the pro-rated going rate in most of the cases. Therefore, your employer must pay you at £42,000 per year and 100% of the pro-rated going rate for the occupation, whichever is higher. If you work more than 48 hours a week, only the first 48 hours a week will be considered towards the general salary requirement.
You do not need to meet the general salary requirement if you are applying for permission to stay and previously granted permission as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant before 6 April 2011, or as a Work Permit Holder and since then has continuously had permission as a Senior or Specialist Worker.
Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
The valid CoS must be issued by the sponsor and show the following details:
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself (and any dependants). They must have the adequate amount (see below) of personal savings in cash held for at least consecutive 28 days before the date of application;
If you have been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, you will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.
If your application is successful, you will be granted entry clearance or permission to stay for either the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days, a period of 5 years, or the length of time that will be taken to the maximum period shown below, whichever is shorter:
In the calculation of cumulative periods of permission, all periods of permission granted on Global Business Mobility routes and those on the Intra-Company routes will be included.
Your partner will be granted permission which ends on the same date as yours; while your dependent children will be granted permission which ends on the same date as whichever of their parents’ permission ends first.
If you are granted as a Senior or Specialist Worker Migrant, you are permitted to work for the job which is being sponsored generally, but you are also allowed to study and do voluntary work. You are not allowed to access public funds.
Applicants who have other permissions to stay in the UK can switch to Global Business Mobility – Senior and Specialist – Senior and Specialist Worker visa except where you were last granted permission as a Visitor, a Short-term Student, a Parent of a Child Student, a Seasonal Worker, a Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the Immigration Rules.