GLOBAL BUSINESS MOBILITY:
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What is the Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa?

The Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa route is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is a senior manager or specialist employee and is being assigned to the UK to undertake work related to a business’s expansion to the UK

The visa allows you to come to the UK to set up a branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary of an overseas business that has not yet started trading in the UK.

This route can only be used when the business has not yet begun trading in the UK. If the business is already trading in the UK, workers should apply for a Global Business Mobility: Senior or Specialist Worker visa instead.

What are the business requirements for the Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa route?

UK Business Requirements:

  • You must not already be actively trading in the UK. However, the UK entity must have a UK ‘footprint’. This can be shown by evidence of UK business premises such as a lease agreement, or by the registration of the UK business with Companies House as either a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the overseas business
  • A company must be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa holders and hold a valid Sponsor Licence for the GBM: UK Expansion Worker route
  • If you do not already hold a sponsor licence, you must apply for one by completing the online application form, paying the relevant application fee, and submitting the supporting evidence specified in the sponsor guidance
  • You must be able to offer employment that meets the skill level and salary requirements for the GBM: UK Expansion Worker route, is genuine and which does not amount to the hiring of the worker to a third party to undertake an ongoing or routine role

Overseas Business Requirements:

  • The overseas business that is expanding to the UK must be active and trading overseas and must normally have been trading overseas for a minimum of 3 years unless an exception applies as follows:
    • The overseas business is listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market or AIM market
    • The overseas business is listed on an international stock exchange that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers to have an equivalent level of regulation to UK markets such as for example, the ASX, MONEP or MEFF
    • You are seeking to establish a UK branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of either an Australian business under the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement or a Japanese business under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

    Further Information and FAQs

    • Do you need to satisfy an English language requirement for a Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa?

      No, there is no English language requirement for a GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa.

    • Do you need to satisfy a financial requirement for a Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa?

      You must have held £1270 in your bank account for a 28-day period before you apply unless you are applying for permission to stay in the UK and have been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application.

    • Do you need a criminal record certificate for a Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa?

      No, there is no criminal record certificate requirement for a GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa.

    • How long is a Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa valid for?

      The GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa can be granted for a maximum period of up to 12 months in the first instance. If you want to stay longer in the UK, you can extend your visa by a further 12 months. The maximum time you can stay in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years.

    • Can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa holder?

      No, the GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa route does not lead to settlement, and permission in this route will not count towards the qualifying period of stay required to settle should you later apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) under another route.

    • How long will your Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa application take to process – inside of the UK?

      If you apply from inside the UK, the application can take up to 8 weeks to process.

      You can get your visa faster within 5 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500 for the priority visa service or by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000 for the super priority visa service.

    • How long will your Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa take to process – outside of the UK?

      If you apply from outside the UK, a decision is typically made within 3 weeks.

      You may be able to get your visa faster within 5 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500 or by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000, subject to availability at your visa application centre.

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