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UK Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer Visa
The Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer visa is for semi-skilled and highly skilled workers, with a job offer in the United Kingdom on the basis of a transfer or secondment with their existing employer.
Applicants who are granted temporary residence under the Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer visa scheme are permitted to live and work in the UK for the duration of their employment for a maximum three (3) year period.
Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer Visa Basic Requirements
The basic requirement for this visa is to score a minimum of 70 points for attributes including sponsorship, qualifications, prospective earnings, English language and available maintenance (funds). Intra-company transferees will automatically be awarded points for English language (except in cases where the applicants combined stay in the UK on this visa will then exceed three (3) years).
Applicants for the Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer visa must have been employed by their existing overseas employer for a minimum of six (6) months with essential company knowledge and experience prior to lodgement of the application. The overseas company should be linked to the receiving UK employer by way of common ownership (one company owns the other, or both must be part of a group of companies controlled by the same parent or holding company).
In the first instance, a prospective sponsor will apply to the UK Home Office in order to be granted a licence. When successfully licensed, a sponsor can apply for a number of certificates of sponsorship, which they can then present to the people whom they intend to sponsor. Once a prospective employee has been allocated a certificate of sponsorship, he or she will be eligible to apply for UK entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK.
Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer Visa Entitlements
The Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer visa is issued for an initial maximum period of three (3) years.
Upon successfully holding a Tier 2 - Intra-Company Transfer for a total of five (5) years, individuals may be entitled to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR entitles individuals to permanent residency in as well as visa-free travel to and from the UK. ILR holders may also be able to sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK and may also ultimately be eligible to apply for British citizenship.
Eligible dependants may also qualify to be included and upon obtaining the visa, may be entitled to work or study without any restrictions.
To see a full listing of our fees and services, Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.
- Other Work Visas
The Tier 1 - General Extension Visa gives highly skilled workers the opportunity to come to the UK without a job offer to live and work. This route is open to applicants who are already in the UK and want to extend their visas.
The Tier 1 - Post-Study Work Extension Visa gives holders of post-study work visas the opportunity to extend their visas to work and live in the UK. This route is open to applicants who are already in the UK and want to extend their existing visas.
The Tier 2 - General visa allows those with a job offer from a UK-based organisation to live and work in the UK as a sponsored worker.
The Tier 2 - Minister of Religion visa allows religious workers with a job offer from a UK-based organisation to live and work in the UK as a sponsored worker.
The Tier 2 - Sportsperson visa allows internationally established sportspersons and coaches to live and work in the UK as a sponsored worker.
The Tier 5 visa category includes a range of temporary work visas which allow specific types of workers to undertake short term and temporary work in the UK.
The Tier 5 - Youth Mobility Scheme Visa allows 18 - 30 year olds from participating countries an opportunity to holiday and work in the UK for up to two (2) years.
A Domestic Worker visa allows domestics working for an overseas employer in a private household to accompany their employer when they visit or move to the UK.
The Sole Representative permit allows a representative of an overseas company to set up a branch or subsidiary of the company in the UK.
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