Secondment Worker Visa
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A quick look
A maximum of 12 months.
Yes, and the sponsor needs to be registered to do so by the UK Home Office.
You are allowed to:
- Work for a sponsoring organisation in the job described in your Certificate of Sponsorship
- Bring your partner and/or children with you, if eligible
- Do voluntary work
- Travel abroad and return to the UK
You are not allowed to:
- Access any public funds/benefits, including State Pension
- Change jobs until you update the terms of your visa
- Apply for permanent settlement in the UK
- Do a second job
Secondment Worker Visa
The Secondment Worker Visa is for overseas workers who wish to be temporarily seconded to the UK by their employer as part of a high value contract or investment. This is a new immigration route.
Applicants for the Secondment Worker Visa need to:
- be currently working for an overseas business that has a contract with their UK sponsor
- have worked outside the UK for the business for a total of at least 12 months.
- have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the job they are planning to do, issued by an authorised employer
The job the applicant plans to only needs to reach a minimum skill level. Applicants will not need to satisfy a salary requirement, nor need to satisfy an English language requirement.
Certificate of Sponsorship
A Certificate of Sponsorship is a reference number that holds information on the job and your own personal details. It is not an actual certificate or paper document. It is a number that corresponds to the job you have been offered.
As well as the reference number, your sponsor will also give you information to help you to apply for the visa; for example how much you will be paid. This helps to prove you meet the job and salary requirements for the visa.
How long can you stay?
Successful applicants will be allowed to stay in the UK until either:
- 1 year after the start date of the job detailed in the Certificate of Sponsorship
- 14 days longer than the time given on the Certificate of Sponsorship
- The date on which the applicant will have had continuous permission as a Secondment Worker totalling 2 years
- The maximum time period allowed in the category (5 years in any 6 year period)
Holders of the visa will be allowed to work for their sponsor in the job detailed on their Certificate of Sponsorship.
How much does a Secondment Worker Visa cost?
When you apply for the visa, you will need to pay the application fee, which is £259. You will also need to pay the healthcare surcharge (usually £624 per year).
You will also need to have enough money to support yourself when you arrive in the UK. This is usually at least £1,270 (unless you are exempt).
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