INTRA-COMPANY VISA

The Intra-company Visa allows existing employees of multinational companies in foreign countries to transfer to a job in their company’s UK branch for up to five years.

To be eligible to apply for this visa, applicants must have a confirmed offer of employment and be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship by their UK employer, who must hold a valid Sponsor Licence.

This visa is suitable for overseas applicants, including those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who want to enter the UK after 1 January 2021. If EEA and Swiss Nationals were living in the UK by 31 December 2021, they should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

TYPES OF INTRA COMPANY VISA

LONG TERM STAFF

You can apply for this visa if you are transferring into a role that requires you to have had previous experience working for the company.

You will need to have worked for your company for more than 1 year, unless they’re going to pay you an annual salary of at least £73,900 to work in the UK.​

GRADUATE TRAINEE

This visa is for transfers into graduate trainee programmes for specialist roles. 

For this visa, you need to be a recent graduate with at least 3 months’ experience with your employer overseas.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. You need to have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for your job to apply to live in the UK.
  2. You must be able to show you have worked for your employer in a foreign country.
  3. You must be offered an appropriate salary and have sufficient personal maintenance funds to support yourself when you arrive in the UK. Your employer could certify maintenance so that you do not need to show personal maintenance funds. 
  4. You must show you can travel and prove your travel history over the past 5 years.
  5. You must have a tuberculosis test if you are from a listed country.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. You need to have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for your job to apply to live in the UK.
  2. You must be able to show you have worked for your employer in a foreign country.
  3. You must be offered an appropriate salary and have sufficient personal maintenance funds to support yourself when you arrive in the UK. Your employer could certify maintenance so that you do not need to show personal maintenance funds. 
  4. You must show you can travel and prove your travel history over the past 5 years.
  5. You must have a tuberculosis test if you are from a listed country.

CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP

Your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will hold your personal details and information about the job you have been offered, including the salary and the start and end date of the employment. 

Your employer will give you a CoS reference number that must be included with your application.

This CoS is time-sensitive and must be used within 3 months of assignment.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. You can work for your sponsor in the job described in your Certificate of Sponsorship.
  2. You can work in a second job in the same profession and at the same level of your primary job (up to 20 hours per week).
  3. You can do voluntary work.
  4. You can study if it does not interfere with the job you are sponsored for.
  5. You can travel abroad and return to the UK.
  6. You can bring certain family members with you as dependents.

RESTRICTIONS

  1. You cannot receive public funds.
  2. You cannot start working before you get a visa.
  3. You may not apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years, unlike those on a Skilled Worker Visa. You may refer to our blog for latest updates on the Skilled Worker visa. 
  4. You cannot switch to a Skilled Worker Visa from within the UK. 
  5. You would need to wait for one year before you could apply for a Skilled Worker Visa from overseas. This is known as the “cooling off” period.

FAQs

INTRA-COMPANY VISA
  1. Long-term Staff: you must be paid a minimum of £41,500 per year, or the appropriate rate for your exact job – whichever is higher.
  2. Graduate Trainee: you must be paid a minimum of £23,000 per year, or the minimum for your exact job – whichever is higher.

You will need to have the financial means to support yourself and your dependents without recourse to public funds.

You can come to the UK for the maximum stay allowed for your visa type, or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship, whichever is shorter.

The maximum stay for each type of Intra-company Visa is:

  • Long-term Staff (if you earn more than £120,000 a year): 9 years.
  • Long-term Staff (if you earn less than £120,000 a year): 5 years.
  • Graduate Trainee: 12 months.

You can start your stay up to 14 days before the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

You must apply outside the UK for a Intra-company Visa. You should normally receive a decision on your visa from Home Office within 3 weeks. Due to COVID-19, priority services may not be available for applications from outside the UK

You may be able to extend your visa. You should apply before your current visa expires. You can apply as an individual or as a family group with your dependents.

Long-term Staff
Your stay can be extended for the shortest of the following:

  • The time given on your certificate of sponsorship, plus 14 days.
  • The time needed to extend your stay to the maximum time allowed in the category.


Graduate Trainee

  • You can extend your stay if your original visa was for less than 12 months.
  • You can only extend your visa by to a maximum duration of 12 months.

Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) Visa extensions should be processed within 8 weeks.

CONTACT US FOR OUR EXPERT ADVICE

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making an Intra-company Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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