The Senior or Specialist Worker visa is a UK worker visa that is part of the Global Business Mobility visa routes. It is meant for senior and specialist workers of companies that have a UK branch.
The Senior and Specialist Worker route allows them to travel to the UK and work in a business linked to their employer outside the UK. The senior and specialist worker undertakes a temporary work assignment in the UK branch of the company they belong to.
This visa replaces the one that was known as intra-company transfer or ICT. It allows senior and specialist workers to stay in the UK for the time given on their certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days, or 5 years —whichever is shorter.
Senior and specialist workers looking to apply for the Senior or Specialist Worker visa will be required to submit:
Applicants must work for an organization approved by the Home Office as a sponsor, and the job they do must be in the list of eligible occupations. This sums the last 20 points in the Global Business Mobility visa routes.
Applicants should also cover the Senior or Specialist Worker visa fees.
Senior or Specialist Worker visa fees include:
If the applicant is in the UK and wants to update, switch, or extend their Senior or Specialist Worker visa, the fees change to £719 per person (up to 3 years) and £1,423 per person (more than 3 years).
Applicants for this UK worker visa can only do the job for which they’ve been sponsored. Supplementary employment is allowed only if they were previously on another intra-company route under the rules in force before 11 April 2022.
They can also travel abroad and return to the UK, do voluntary work, study, bring their family as “dependants”, and work out a contractual notice period. But they can’t apply for benefits based on public funds, change jobs, or apply to stay in the UK indefinitely.
This UK worker visa requires an online application at the UK Government’s official website. Applicants will be requested identity documents. They can scan them with the UK Immigration: ID Check app or attend a visa application center to provide their fingerprints and photographs for a biometric residence permit.
Applicants must check that the certificate of sponsorship was assigned to them no more than 3 months before the date of application. Otherwise, the application could be refused.
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Required documents must be in English or Welsh. Otherwise, the applicant must provide a certified translation made by a professional translator or a translation agency. The Home Office will verify this.
The partner and children of senior or specialist workers with a Senior or Specialist Worker visa can apply to join them in the UK as “dependants”.
The term “partner” refers to the applicant’s husband, wife, civil partner, or unmarried partner (provided that they’ve been living together for at least 2 years).
The term “children” include kids under 18 years old, including those who are born during the applicant’s stay in the UK, and kids over 16 years old that live with the applicant (unless they are in full-time education at a boarding school) and depend financially on him/her.
The visa holder’s family must pay the following fees:
Senior or specialist workers can extend their Senior or Special Worker visa if they keep doing the same job for the same employer by the time the visa is close to expiration. But, of course, they mustn’t have reached the maximum total stay for the Senior and Special Worker visa. That is:
If the applicant spends time in the UK with the intra-company Graduate Trainee visa, intra-company Transfer visa, or other Global Business Mobility visa routes, that time will count.
People who are in the UK as Visitor, Short-Term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household, or outside common immigration rules can’t apply to switch to the Senior and Special Worker visa. But they can switch to it if they are on other types of visas, or they can leave the UK and apply for the Senior and Special Worker visa from abroad.
Senior or specialist workers will be informed about the decision on their application for the Senior and Special Worker visa within 3 weeks (if they are outside the UK) or 8 weeks (if they are inside the UK) via email or letter.
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