The UK Global Business Mobility Visa has been introduced

The Global Business Mobility Visa is ready and finally employers have the detailed instructions they have been waiting for. Various new routes opened on 11 April, offering new opportunities for overseas companies wishing to establish a presence in the UK or relocate staff to the UK for special business purposes. we’ll take a look.

There are five pathways that correspond to different types of secondment. so:

1 – Visa for senior or specialized workers. This replaces the intra-company transfer route, which was closed to new applicants on 11 April when this route opened. Applicants will currently be required to work for a company or organization affiliated with their sponsor in the UK with joint ownership or control or with the joint venture in which they are sponsored to work. They must work outside the UK for a related company or organization for a total of at least 12 months, unless they are high-income and earn £ 73,900 a year or more. Applicants will also be required to have a valid certificate of sponsorship for the work they intend to perform, issued by an employer authorized by the Ministry of the Interior. The job must be a suitable job at or above the minimum skill level, and the applicant will be required to receive a minimum wage in excess of £ 42,400 per year.
2 – Postgraduate trainee visa for foreign workers who want to be transferred by the employer to the United Kingdom for an internship in the United Kingdom as part of postgraduate training leading to a senior management or specialist role. This replaces the existing intra-company postgraduate visa.
3 – Visa for UK Expansion Worker Visa, intended for senior managers and specialized staff wishing to be seconded to the United Kingdom to carry out work related to the expansion of overseas companies in the United Kingdom. It replaces the only representative for an overseas business visa.
4 – A worker posting visa is a new immigration route for overseas workers who wish to be seconded to the United Kingdom by an overseas employer as part of a high-value contract or investment. Applicants will currently be required to work for an overseas company that has a contract with its UK sponsor registered by the UK sponsor with the Home Office and have worked outside the UK for this overseas company for a total period of at least 12 months. . Applicants will also be required to have a valid certificate of sponsorship for the work they intend to perform, issued by an employer authorized by the Ministry of the Interior to sponsor the posting worker.
5 – A service provider visa is for overseas workers who are either contractual service providers employed by a service provider abroad or a self-employed independent professional established abroad who have to be temporarily employed in the United Kingdom to provide services covered by one from the United Kingdom International Trade Commitment.

It is worth noting that these five routes of global business mobility will not lead directly to a settlement in the UK. However, visa holders from the United Kingdom may apply to switch to another immigration route leading to a settlement, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements.

Shortly before the Department of the Interior released its guidelines, immigration specialist Shara Pledger published an article on LinkedIn that set the scene and gave a history of the transfer path within the company and how it has moved from pillar to post in recent years. As he says, it has now been withdrawn from its own add-on and included in the new Global Business Mobility Visa route along with some completely new features. So let’s look at all of this for her, an overview of what’s going on. Shara joined me via a video link from Manchester to discuss different paths. I started by asking about these new ones:

Shara Pledger: “There are some common themes about them, they all still require sponsorship, which is not unexpected for some of them who have just changed from existing routes, although somewhat unexpected in the case of UK Expansion Worker. They are all temporary routes, so again we don’t see the possibility that people could stay in the UK longer than about five years together, if you switch between routes, but some of these routes are actually very limited, limited to just 12 months at a time. , a maximum of two years in total. So these are really meant for short-term opportunities for employers in the UK. So there are a few extra ways to get to this foreign talent, but it doesn’t answer the question of a long-term replacement of skills that may have been lost. “

Joe Glavina: “Tell me about the Expansion Worker Visa visa. As I understand it, it’s not entirely new. “

Shara Pledger: “Expansion Worker will feel quite familiar to people who have already worked in it. So if someone has already dealt with a representative of an overseas business route, it is also called a sole agent route, it is a replacement for this option, but we see real changes compared to how this has worked before. Sponsorship is key. Previously, the only agents were unsponsored applicants coming to the UK, but now sponsorship is needed, but it is quite unconventional in terms of sponsorship, as you obviously do not have a UK-based entity to take responsibility the way you do on example the path of a skilled worker. So, some big changes and, essentially, as I said earlier, this difference, a departure from the settlement route, to be just a temporary option for people. So now it’s a very big step towards entering the UK through the Expansion Worker route, and then you have to move on to something longer-term like Skilled Worker.

Joe Glavina: “So, there are two ways to complete the set. Tell me about these. “

Shara Pledger: “Given the other two options, the referral route and the service provider path, they weren’t necessarily as encouraging as we had hoped they would be. We already had a service provider path that existed under the old Tier 5 sponsorship system, that is, the old path of an international agreement, for example, but many elements of this were unattractive to employers. So, things like the fact that you still had to actually sponsor a worker even though he wasn’t your direct employee. We see that this is still on the path of the service provider, which may mean that many organizations in the UK are still reluctant to see this as an option, and unfortunately we now see this in this completely new path of secondary services as well. So posted workers are coming to the UK because their overseas supplier is either investing heavily in the UK or has an important contract in the UK, and that’s really important, the value is fifty million or more, and while we hoped it would be nice the kind of fast-paced option that will allow such a smooth transfer of knowledge from one place to another once projects are completed, we still see this very rigid formal sponsorship pathway that still needs this UK organization to act as a sponsor as well. So, again, there are things that are encouraging, but they may not be progressing as fast as we had hoped. “

The Internal Office’s guidelines on global business mobility pathways were published on 11 April. The document is 71 pages long and can be downloaded from the government website. We put a link to this in a transcript of this program.

Link to home office guidance on global business mobility pathways

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