Apply For A Global Business Mobility Visa

If you are an overseas business looking to send staff to the UK to fulfil roles that cannot be undertaken by resident workers, one of the Global Business Mobility Visa routes may be suited to your purpose.

About The Global Business Mobility Visa

The Global Business Mobility Visa was introduced in April 2022 by the UK government in a bid to bring multiple routes together under a single banner. These changes aim to remove inconsistency and improve the utility of the routes.

The 5 routes gathered under the Global Business Mobility (GBM) banner are:

  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa - this visa has replaced the Intra-company Transfer visa and it's for senior employees and specialist employees who wish to temporarily work in the UK at their employer's branch.
  • Graduate Trainee visa route - this visa route allows overseas workers to be transferred by their employer to fulfil a work placement in the UK as part of their graduate training programme.
  • UK Expansion Worker visa - this visa route is suitable for senior employees and specialist employees who are transferred to the UK by their employers for the expansion of an overseas business.
  • Service Supplier visa - this visa applies to service providers who wish to undertake temporary work in the UK and provide services under the UK's international trade commitments.
  • Secondment Worker visa - this applies to overseas workers who are temporarily seconded to the UK.

While each route to this visa category will have specific requirements, there are some general eligibility criteria and requirements that are applicable to all routes.

Global Business Mobility Visa requirements

In order to successfully be granted this visa, there are three main areas that all applicants must consider:

  • Validity requirements – these include the minimum criteria that must be met in order to be fully considered.
  • Suitability requirements – these check that the applicant is suitable for the chosen route.
  • Eligibility requirements – these are the main criteria for the Global UK Business Mobility routes.

Before applying to one of the routes, businesses should ensure that the role, business, and employee meet the following criteria:

  • UK businesses receiving the employees need to have a Sponsor Licence
  • Workers must be existing employees of the business.
  • Jobs' skill level must be RQF Level 6 or above.

Please note that there are no English language requirements for these routes.

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Applying to Global Business Mobility Visa routes

All applications are made online on the Home Office website, regardless of whether you are an overseas employer outside the UK or applying from within the country.

Applicants must review the required documentation for the chosen route before applying and ensure that they are meeting all of the eligibility and requirements criteria.

If you need any assistance with the process, don't hesitate to contact QC Immigration. Our team of expert immigration lawyers can assist all types of businesses with their applications. This will save you time and increase your chances of being granted your chosen visa on your first application.

Extension of the Global Business Mobility visa.

You can extend your Senior or specialist worker visa; the maximum extension is 5 years in any 6-year period if your salary is under £73,900 per year, or 9 years in any 10-year period if your salary is £73,900 or more per year.

You cannot extend your Graduate Trainee visa but you can apply for another Graduate trainee visa.

You can extend your UK Expansion worker visa. Specifically, may apply to extend the visa for a further 12 months. The maximum stay on this visa is 2 years, so if you need to stay longer, you may need to switch to another visa.

You can extend your Secondment Worker visa for 12 months. The maximum stay on this visa is 2 years.

You can extend your Service Supplier visa up to either 6 months or 12 months, depending on the trade agreement.

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Can dependents come to the UK under a Global Business Mobility visa?

Yes. Dependents are defined as your spouse and children and they must meet certain eligibility criteria. You must be able to prove the relationship to your spouse and they must be able to meet the financial criteria. Children must meet age and care requirements too.

How QC Immigration can help

Our London-based team of lawyers will be able to offer you a comprehensive approach and practical guidance, to help you put together a thorough and clear application that has a good chance of being accepted. This can be done remotely, or in-person as we work with clients seeking to gain access to the UK from across the globe.

We have maintained an exceptional success rate, even when handling complicated cases. Contact us now to discuss your unique case.

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