Since Brexit and the new immigration system launched at the time, the British authorities regularly adjust the legislation to meet businesses’ needs for flexibility whilst keeping control of the conditions and volume.
In this context, the UK Government announced mid-March a wave of changes, including the introduction of a Global Mobility Business Route.
Our partner’s insight is as follows:
This route will replace the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) Visa category, the Intra Company Transfer Graduate trainee category and the sole representative visa.
The Global Mobility Business route is split out into 5 sections:
- Graduate Trainee visa replaces Graduate ICT visa
- Secondment worker is for secondments under contracts
- Senior or Specialist worker replaces the ICT visa – For senior managers and specialist employees who wish to undertake a temporary work assignment in the UK. The overseas worker must be assigned to a UK business linked to their employer overseas
- Service supplier replaces International agreement temporary workers
- UK expansion worker replaces sole representative visa
The route is due to open on 11th April 2022.
The Senior or Specialist worker routes will still require sponsorship from an employer, and in effect the requirements are similar to that of the ICT visa.
We are still in the process of digesting the information on the new routes and the practicalities around it and we will continue to keep you updated on this.
This alert was prepared based on the information shared by our partner Nishil Patel from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, and published with their permission.