UK Expansion Worker

This is for senior managers or specialist employees of an overseas business who are being assigned to the UK to establish a UK branch or subsidiary of the overseas business.

A UK Expansion Worker Visa allows you to come to the UK to set up a branch of an overseas business that has not started trading in the UK yet. You must already work for the overseas business either a senior manager or specialist employee.

 

Eligibility

You need to:

  • Have a valid certificate of sponsorship from your employer
  • Have worked for your employer outside the UK
  • Do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations
  • Be paid the minimum eligible salary required for your job

 

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK with a UK Expansion Worker visa for whichever is shorter of:

  • 12 months after the start date of the job on your certificate of sponsorship
  • the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days

If you want to stay longer in the UK, you can extend your visa by 12 months. The maximum time you can stay in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years.

If you’ve spent time in the UK on this or another visa, you might not be able to stay on a UK Expansion Worker visa for as long. You can only stay in the UK for a maximum of 5 years in any 6-year period if you’ve spent time on any of these visas:

  • Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa
  • Intra-company Transfer visa
  • Graduate Trainee visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Secondment Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Service Supplier visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • UK Expansion Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

 

What you can and cannot do

With a UK Expansion Worker Visa, you can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • study
  • bring your partner and childrenwith you as your ‘dependants’ if they’re eligible
  • do voluntary work
  • travel abroad and return to the UK

You cannot:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
  • change jobs unless you are eligible and you update your visa
  • have a second job
  • apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

If your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with this visa.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, talk with our team who will advise you on your position and complete the form and collect any necessary documentation from you that will help make the application successful.

 

Why choose Hallmark Solicitors

Our team will collaborate with you to make sure that your application is filled in correctly and that all the correct supporting documents to evidence your eligibility. We typically also provide a supporting letter setting out your circumstances in detail to Home Office which puts the Application in the best position on submission.

Our assistance is based on a considered and knowledgeable understanding of UK Business Immigration.  We can save you time and to reduce your stress.  Please contact our solicitors on 01482 616 616 or via our online contact form and we will get back to you.

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