Global Business Mobility UK visa route developments

Business Immigration, 12 April 2023

UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement

A change has been made to the Immigration Rules for the Global Business Mobility: UK Expansion Worker visa route to reflect commitments the UK has made in the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The Global Business Mobility: 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. 

As of 12 April 2023, nationals and permanent residents of Australia seeking to establish a UK branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the sponsor group in the UK under the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement do not need to demonstrate that they have worked for their overseas employer for 12 months prior to coming to the UK.

Under the Global Business Mobility: UK Expansion Worker visa route, applicants must normally have worked outside of the UK for the sponsor group for a cumulative period of at least 12 months unless applying as a high-earner or as a Japanese national seeking to establish a UK branch or subsidiary of the sponsor group under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.  The additional exemption now applying under the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement provides significant more flexibility for Australian businesses seeking to set-up in the UK.

The UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement is a gold standard agreement which is the most liberalising agreement signed by Australia with a major trading partner outside their agreement with New Zealand. It will liberalise trade between the two countries and create jobs and opportunities for both UK and Australian citizens.

Salary threshold and going rate increases

Salary thresholds and ‘going rates’ for individual occupations are also being updated for the Global Business Mobility UK visa routes based on the latest available UK salary data.

As of 12 April 2023, applicants applying to come to the UK on the Global Business Mobility: Senior or Specialist Worker visa or Global Business Mobility: UK Expansion Worker visa routes will need to be paid at least £45,800 per year (an increase from £42,400 per year) or the ‘going rate’ for the job they’re offered – whichever is higher. 

For more detailed UK immigration advice and for any other questions on this and other UK immigration developments, please contact us at info@viajeukimmigration.com