The Service supplier visa is one of the Global Business Mobility visa routes.
It is meant for contractual service suppliers employed by an overseas service provider or a self-employed independent professional based overseas.
The service supplier route allows these workers to stay in the UK for 6 months, 12 months, or the time given on their certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days. The amount of time that they can stay in the UK depends on the type of trade agreement they have as service suppliers.
The job skill level and the certificate of sponsorship provide service supplier visa applicants 40 points in the points system of the Global Business Mobility visa routes.
The points requirement for the service supplier route is 40, but there are also non-point requirements that apply to many cases, such as tuberculosis testing (if the applicant comes from certain countries), financial requirements (at least £1,270 in a bank account to prove that they can support themselves in the UK), and the maximum length of assignments under Global Business Mobility routes (not exceeding the maximum total stay of 5 years in a 6-year period).
For self-employed service suppliers or contractual service suppliers to work in the UK, they must have a contract with a UK business covered by a valid international trade agreement. Otherwise, they won’t be able to undertake an assignment in the UK.
UK service supplier visa holders can only do the job they’ve been sponsored to do in the UK. At most, they can do voluntary work, but they can’t change jobs or have a second job. Access to public funds is also not permitted for UK service supplier visa holders.
Service supplier visa fees include:
If the applicant wants their family to join him or her in the UK, service supplier visa fees rise to:
Application for the service supplier route must be done online. Depending on their circumstances, UK service supplier visa applicants may have to:
Application for the service supplier route up to 3 months before the date the applicant is due to start work in the UK (if successful). This information should be in the certificate of sponsorship.
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If the required documents are not in English or Welsh, the applicant must provide a certified translation by a professional translator or a translation company that the Home Office can verify on its own. Otherwise, the document will not be considered.
Dependants of successful applicants for the service supplier route can be:
Dependants must have their own money to support themselves while they’re in the UK. They must apply separately and pay their own visa application fees. The difference is that they will use the main applicant’s application number, called a Global Web Form (GWF) or a Unique Application Number (UAN).
This number will be obtained once the applicant starts the service supplier visa application.
The UK service supplier visa can be extended if, at the time of expiration, the holder still fulfills the service supplier visa contract requirement.
The service supplier visa holder should also be doing the same job, or a job that still meets all the eligibility requirements. And, of course, the service supplier visa holder must not have reached the maximum total stay in the UK (6 or 12 months under the service supplier visa; 5 years in a 6-year period if combined with other Global Business Mobility visa routes).
Applicants can’t switch to the service supplier route or other Global Business Mobility visa routes if they’ve already spent time in the UK under one of the following visas:
Individuals can’t either apply to switch to the service supplier route if they are on immigration bail. However, they can always apply to the service supplier visa from abroad.
Decision can take up to 3 weeks if the applicant is outside the UK and 8 weeks if the applicant is inside the UK (for example, if they’re extending their visa or switching to it).
Applicants can check visa decision waiting times to be informed about delays.
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