The Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility) is a great way to move to the UK if your employer overseas has a branch in the UK, and is offering a role in an eligible occupation. There is two routes for this visa which have different requirements which are Skilled and Graduate.
Graduates or skilled workers who want to work in the UK permanently with their current employer. Applicants can apply with their spouse/partner and dependent children.
How Long Can You Stay?
Up to 9 years depending on your salary. This visa does not directly lead to permanent residency in the UK, if you desire this check out these options instead.
After you have submitted your online application, proved your identity and provided the relevant documents, 90% of applicants are processed within 3 weeks.
£719 to £1420
Eligibility For Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
In order to qualify for this visa you must meet several minimum requirements.
- Worked for an employer that has been approved for a sponsor license
- Have a valid certificate of sponsorship related to the role
- Job must be on the Shortage Occupations List
- Salary must meet the minimum threshold for the role
Occupations eligible for Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
First thing to check is your job matches an occupation on the Skilled Worker Occupations List. If your occupation is not listed here unfortunately you don’t qualify for the visa this year, but occupations are added and removed annually. But don’t lose hope! There are several other visas you may qualify for.
You must meet the minimum salary threshold for this visa, which is currently £41,500 for the skilled route, or £23,000 for the graduate route.
Lastly, Your offer of employment must be from an approved UK employer or sponsor.
The UK Government holds a register of approved companies, check if your employer is on here and which visa they qualify for. We suggest using CTRL + F to search as it’s currently more than 2000 pages long!
Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Cost
You must have sufficient funds when applying for the Intra-company Visa, the total minimum costs will vary depending on your circumstances.
When applying from outside the UK the fee will be £719 or £1420 on the skilled route depending on length of stay, and £482 as a graduate.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) entitles you to use the NHS if you become unwell or have an accident while in the UK.
You have to pay the IHS even if you do not use the NHS or even if you have your own private health insurance, the cost is £624 per year.
If you are applying for a 2-year visa you will have to pay £624 each year, therefore you will have to pay a total of £1248.
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK, a bank statement will suffice.
The financial requirement is that you show you have enough money for your living costs for yourself and dependants while you move to the UK.
You do not need to show funds it you have been living in the UK for 12 months or more with permission on the date of application.
Documentation required for Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
You must bring relevant documentation that will require some preparation before arriving in the UK. Although, This will vary depending on your occupation, nationality and length of stay.
- Certificate of Sponsorship
- A valid passport for the entirety of the visa
- Occupation and Salary
- Bank statement proving sufficient funds
- Name of employer and license number
- Evidence you have worked for your employer overseas
Criminal Record Certificate
If you are applying for certain jobs mostly in the public sector such as healthcare, welfare and education sectors. You will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which, since the age of 18, you have been present for 12 months or more in the 10 years before the date of your application.
For most applicants you must prove your identity by booking an appointment at a Visa Application Centre in your current country. The appointment will include collecting your fingerprints, facial photograph and signature. The UK government website has a list of addresses for each eligible country.
Can I bring my family?
This visa will allow family members to join the main applicant in the UK, they are known as “dependants”. You don’t have to be a permanent resident or have an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK to bring your family members. The cost for each adult dependant is £285, £315 for one child and £200 for additional children as of July 2023.
Dependants over 18 can work full time in any profession throughout with no restrictions. The length of time allowed to stay is the same as the main applicants work visa.
Can this lead to British citizenship?
This visa does not count towards becoming a British citizen, only other work visas will contribute towards this. The Senior or Specialist Worker visa however does allow you to work and build relationships with employers who will sponsor you after the visa ends. This is an advantage over applicants who have never worked in the UK and are applying abroad.
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