UK Expansion Worker Visa

UK Expansion Worker Visa (Global Business Mobility)

This visa is designed for senior managers or specialist employees from overseas businesses aiming to establish a branch in the UK. It’s specifically for businesses not yet operational in the UK. Key eligibility requirements include having a valid certificate of sponsorship, prior work experience with the business outside the UK, engaging in an eligible occupation, and earning a minimum salary. The visa duration is up to two years, with a possibility of extension, although certain previous visas may affect eligibility. The application involves fees, a healthcare surcharge, and proof of sufficient savings. It allows work, study, and bringing dependents, but restricts access to public benefits, changing jobs, secondary employment, and applying for settlement. Specific permissions are outlined upon visa approval.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the UK Expansion Worker visa, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid sponsorship certificate from their employer, provided by the overseas business.
  • Have prior work experience with this employer outside the UK.
  • Occupy a role listed in the UK government’s eligible occupations.
  • Earn a salary that meets or exceeds the minimum for their specific role.

Visa Benefits

  • Work Rights: Authorization to work in the job detailed in the sponsorship certificate, facilitating the establishment of a UK branch of an overseas business.
  • Study Opportunities: Eligibility to undertake studies in the UK.
  • Dependent Inclusion: Ability to bring partners and children, if they meet the criteria, to live in the UK.
  • Volunteering: Permission to participate in voluntary work.
  • Travel Freedom: The visa holder can travel outside the UK and return without impacting their visa status.

Visa Duration

The initial stay is for 12 months from the start date listed on the sponsorship certificate or the duration on the certificate plus 14 days, extendable up to a total of two years.

Application Processing Times

The processing duration for this visa differs based on the application location. It generally takes about 3 weeks for applications made outside the UK and around 8 weeks for those within the UK. There are options for faster processing at an additional cost.

How Nexus Law Firm Can help you?

Nexus Law Firm provides comprehensive support for UK Expansion Worker visa applicants. Their team of immigration experts guides through each step of the application, ensuring accurate completion of all necessary documents, including the certificate of sponsorship. They offer advice on meeting eligibility criteria, selecting the right occupation, and adhering to salary requirements to enhance the chances of a successful application. Nexus Law Firm can also assist in expediting the process, help with scheduling appointments, and ensure thorough compliance with UK immigration regulations. Their expertise streamlines the complex visa application process, making it easier for individuals to embark on their UK business expansion journey.

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