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How the Global Business Mobility visa will overhaul how firms move staff to the UK

The new immigration rules for the UK Global Business Mobility visa came into being on April 11, 2022. The Home Office also published detailed guidance for applicants, including the eligibility criteria and how the sponsorship would work.

The Home Office established five new work visa categories under the umbrella of Global Business Mobility. These are,

  1. Senior or Specialist Worker.
  2. Graduate Trainee.
  3. Secondment Worker.
  4. Service supplier to the UK.
  5. UK expansion worker to set a UK presence.

The first three bullets are specified for residents only, while the last three are for workers with no UK presence. The secondment is applicable for both routes.

If your business aims at hiring overseas workers, irrelevant of the route you choose, your business must own an official sponsor licence. At Aman Solicitors, you can successfully secure sponsor approval as they are experienced in helping businesses of all sizes.

What do employers need to know about the Global Business Mobility routes?

Senior or Specialist Worker visa

This category replaced the Intra-Company Transfer route, raising the minimum salary by £900 to £42,400.

The senior or specialist workers granted permission after the new rules will not be able to work in lower creative roles.

Senior or specialist workers can not be categorised as temporary workers. They do not have a route to settlement.

Graduate Trainee Visa

This route directly removes the limit of allowing 20 graduates trainee per year to no limit. It also replaces the Intra Company Graduate Trainee route, raising the minimum salary requirement by £100 to £23,100.

Service Supplier Visa

Applicants must be working for an overseas supplier who is, in turn, providing services to the sponsor in the UK. The service provided must also be under a contract registered with UK visas and Immigration and covered by any UK international agreements. This route replaces the T5 International Agreement Route.

There is no minimum salary for this route, but it requires a minimum skill level. This route only allows visas for six to twelve months, depending on the international agreement.

Secondment Worker Visa

This new Secondment Worker Visa provides for temporary assignments linked to high-value investments by an overseas employer, with the ‘high value’ being £10million per year and at least £50million overall.

UK Expansion Worker Visa

The UK expansion worker visa replaces the Representative of an Overseas Business route. This route also requires sponsorship with the same minimum wage and skill levels as the Senior or Specialist Workers route.

Firms should be able to prove that they have been trading for up to three years overseas and provide evidence to back up their trade expansion in the UK.

Sponsors are expected to bring five people along with them but will not be able to certify financial maintenance, so they will need to satisfy the financial requirement from their own pockets.


The license fee is dependent upon the size of the organisation. The routes categorised as temporary workers would have the same fee as a small sponsor, regardless of the size.