The Senior or Specialist Worker Visa allows workers to come to the UK to carry out an eligible job at their overseas employer’s UK branch. This visa may allow workers to stay in the UK for 5 years, or the time stated on their Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days, whichever is shorter.
There are core requirements you need to meet in order to be eligible for this visa:
You will also need to ensure that you have worked for your employer long enough to apply. If your salary is under £73,900, you must have worked in your current job for at least 12 months. Over £73,900, there is no minimum.
If your employer is not currently licensed to sponsor workers, they will first need to apply for an Employer Sponsorship Licence.
To prove that you meet the requirements for the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa, you will need to provide documents. These documents may include:
If you are coming to the UK with your partner and children, you will also need to provide proof of relationship.
Individuals coming from a listed country may also need to provide a tuberculosis test.
Based on your circumstances and your profession, there may be additional requirements, such as evidence you have worked for your employer outside the UK, or a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if your job requires it.
Please note that any documents that are not in English or Welsh will need to have a certified translation for your application.
When applying for a Senior or Specialist Worker Visa, you will need to pay the application fee as well as the healthcare surcharge (usually £624 per year).
If you are applying from outside the UK, the application fee is:
If you are applying from inside the UK, the application fee is:
Additionally, you need to have at least £1,270 available to support yourself when you arrive, and any partner or children coming with you will also need to prove they can support themselves. Your employer may choose to support you financially, but this should be clearly stated in your Certificate of Sponsorship.
Our London-based team of immigration lawyers has decades of experience helping businesses and workers across the globe with all Business Visas, and will be happy to assist with your Senior or Specialist Worker Visa or Global Business Mobility Visa application. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your case.
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