As a UK Expansion Worker visa consultant in India, we accurately guide clients on the eligibility criteria, requirements, and application process for a UK Expansion Worker visa.
UK Expansion Worker visa – Overview
Under the Global Business Mobility routes, the UK Home Office has introduced a UK Expansion Worker visa.
This visa is for overseas professionals who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK.
The overseas professional must either be working as a senior manager or as a specialist employee in an overseas firm.
The UK Expansion Worker visa is implemented only for businesses that have not yet begun trading in the UK.
If the business is already trading in the UK, then the overseas employee must apply for a UK Senior or Specialist Worker visa under the Global Business Mobility.
A partner and children (under 18 years) can accompany the main applicant to the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa.
However, applicants must note that the UK Expansion Worker visa does not permit settlement in the UK.
List of Documents
The applicant must:
The applicant will need:
1. Have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK employer.
1. A Certificate of Sponsorship.
2. Have worked for their employer outside the UK.
2. A valid passport to prove identity, with enough blank pages.
3. Do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations.
3. The job title, job occupation code, and annual salary.
4. Be paid the minimum eligible salary required for the job role.
4. The name of the UK employer and their Sponsor Licence number (mentioned on the Certificate of Sponsorship).
5. Have worked with the employer outside of the UK for at least 12 months (unless the applicant is earning over £73,900 or the applicant is Japanese national working for a Japanese company that is expanding to the UK).
5. To evidence that they have enough personal savings to support their stay in the UK. For example, bank statements.
6. Proof of relationship – partner or children (if they are applying along with the applicant).
7. Tuberculosis test results (if required).
Certificate of Sponsorship for a Secondment Worker visa
The UK-based employer – also known as a ‘Sponsor’ – must provide the applicant with a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ stating all the information with regards to the job role for which the applicant is employed in the UK.
It’s an e-Certificate and not a paper document.
The applicant will need the reference number from the Certificate of Sponsorship to apply for the visa.
The applicant is required to apply for the visa within 3 months of getting the Certificate of Sponsorship.
You MUST know this!
A UK Expansion Worker visa applicant does not need to meet the English language requirement.
Salary requirement for a UK Expansion Worker visa
The applicant must be paid at least £42,400 per year or the ‘going rate’ for that particular job role – whichever is higher. Each job role has a particular ‘going rate’.
Permitted and not permitted activities in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa
The applicant is permitted to:
Work for their sponsor in the job described in their Certificate of Sponsorship.
Bring partner and children as ‘dependants’, if they’re eligible.
Do voluntary work.
Travel abroad and return to the UK.
The applicant is not permitted to:
Apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension.
Change jobs unless eligible and have updated the visa.
Have a second job.
Apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’)./li>