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Transferring your skilled workers to the UK

2020-03-12 18:07:47
Transferring your skilled workers to the UK
The Tier 2 Intra-Company visa is a UK work visa for skilled workers or recent graduates expecting a transfer into a UK branch. If you fall under this category, then this is the visa for you. More about it below

This category allows multinational companies to transfer workers from their overseas operations to a UK branch. There must be common ownership or control of the overseas business and the UK business. This may be an easier and faster route than the Tier 2 General visa to transfer existing staff to the UK.

 

The worker must have a confirmed UK job and a certificate of sponsorship from their employer, who must hold a valid Tier 2 intra-company transfer sponsorship licence.

 

Intra-Company Transfer Sub-categories

 

Long-term staff

For workers who are filling a position in the UK for a year or more. Applicants for this category must have been employed by the company overseas for at least a year, unless the UK job pays at least £73,900 a year.

 

· Length of stay: Length of stay for Long term staff is salary dependent. Those earning above £120,000 per year can stay for a maximum of 9 years. Those earning less can stay for 5 years and one month.

· Minimum salary: £41,500

 

Graduate trainee 

For workers with a recent degree level or above qualification who are filling a position in the UK on a graduate trainee program – such as a specialist research or IT role. Applicants for this category must have been employed and/or trained by the company overseas for at least 3 months.

 

· Length of stay: Up to one year.

· Minimum salary: £23,000

 

Eligibility

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa if:

 

· you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

· your overseas employer has offered you a role in a UK branch of the organisation

· Sponsored job must be at least graduate level or a specified creative profession, as well as on the Home Office’s list of skilled occupations.

· employer must provide evidence that the UK branch and the overseas branch of the company are affiliated

· be able to show you have worked for your employer outside the UK

· employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK.

· have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job

· be paid an ‘appropriate salary’ for your job

· have at least £945 in personal savings to prove that you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK

· show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years

· have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country

 

Sponsorship

You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK.

 

Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. Your sponsor will give you a certificate of sponsorship as proof of this along with a certificate of sponsorship reference number for you to add to your application.

 

This certificate of sponsorship holds your personal details and information about the job you’ve been offered. You can only use your certificate of sponsorship reference number once. You must use it 3 months after getting it.

 

Personal savings

You do not need to prove this if you have a fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor who can give you at least £945 to cover your costs for a month if you need it. Your sponsor must confirm this on the certificate of sponsorship.

 

Documents

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

 

· your certificate of sponsorship reference number

· a bank or building society statement or letter that shows you have enough personal savings (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your sponsor can support you)

· a current passport or travel document to prove you can travel - you need a blank page in your passport for your visa

· expired passports or travel documents if you need them to show your travel history

· your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country

 

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

 

Proof you’ve worked for your employer outside the UK

After you apply you might be asked to prove you’ve worked for your employer for a certain amount of time.

 

The length of time depends on what visa you’re applying for:

 

· Long-term Staff earning £73,900 or less - 12 months

· Long-term Staff earning more than £73,900 - no minimum time

· Graduate Trainee - 3 months

 

If you’re asked, you’ll need to show you’ve been paid by your employer over this time period. You can provide:

 

· printed payslips

· online payslips supported by a letter from your sponsor signed by a senior staff member

· bank or building society statements

· a building society passbook

 

Processing time

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

 

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

 

Fees

How much you pay for a Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa depends on the type of visa and where you are. 

 

Graduate Trainee

 

Who you’re applying for

Fee

You

£482

If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia

£427

All dependants

£482 each person

Long-term Staff (up to 3 years)

 

Who you’re applying for

Apply (outside the UK)

Extend or switch in the UK

You

£610

£704

If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia

£555

£649

All dependants

£610 each person

£704 each person

Long-term Staff (more than 3 years)

 

Who you’re applying for

Apply (outside the UK)

Extend or switch in the UK

You

£1,220

£1,408

If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia

£1,165

£1,353

All dependants

£1,220 each person

£1,408 each person

 

 

Healthcare surcharge

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application, the fees depend on the start and end dates of your certificate of sponsorship or course dates

 

If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK

You’ll need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

 

Faster processing of your application

If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK you can pay an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.

 

You can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service to get a decision:

 

· by the end of the next working day after providing your biometric information if your appointment is on a weekday

· 2 working days after providing your biometric information if your appointment is at the weekend

 

Applications outside the UK

You must apply online for a Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa. When applying from outside the UK you need to apply through an online service of the Home Office.

 

Additionally, you have to submit the supporting evidence to the address specified in the online form. You have to apply for this visa not later than 3 months since receiving the Certificate of Sponsorship, and not earlier than 3 months from the starting date of the job.

 

You’ll also need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application. You’ll have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK.

 

Also, you cannot be in the UK earlier than 14 days than the starting date of your starting date, as specified in the Sponsorship Certificate.

 

Renewal

You might be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK depending on what type of Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa you have. You should apply before your current visa expires.

 

Eligibility

You must have either of the following Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visas:

 

· Long-term Staff

· Graduate Trainee

 

You must also:

 

· have the same or a similar job to the one you received your previous visa for

· still work for the employer who provided your certificate of sponsorship

· still earn an ‘appropriate salary’

· You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

 

Duration

Long-term Staff

Your stay can be extended for the shortest of the following:

 

· the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days

· the time needed to extend your stay to the maximum time allowed in the category

· 5 years (9 years if you earn more than £120,000 a year)

 

Graduate Trainee

You can extend your stay if your original visa was for less than 12 months. You can only extend your visa by up to 12 months.

 

Transition to Permanent Residency

The application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in Tier 2 ICT category has to be made using the online application service of the Home Office. As a part of the application, you need to provide the supporting documents of the information you provide by applying online. Additionally, you have to provide your biometric information.

 

You must have

 

· Proof of having a valid Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa.

· Proof of having been in the UK for 5 continuous years.

· Proof of absences you have made from the UK during the 5-year qualifying period.

· New Tier 2 Sponsorship Certificate. The sponsor must issue a new certificate of sponsorship for settlement, stating their intention to continue engaging you in their company, in accordance with the employment rules (paying the appropriate salary, paying your leaves, etc.).

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