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GBM – Secondment Worker

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government.

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Overview

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

International Sportspersons visa

This category is for highly skilled sportspersons who must be recognised by a governing body as an elite sports person or a sports coach. The applicant must demonstrate that their employment in the UK will encourage the sport to become more elite and prominent in the UK.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of 5 years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £35,800.

Indefinite leave to remain

The skilled worker visa lasts for up to five years. If you want to stay longer, you can apply to extend your, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. After five years, you may also be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain, which gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like. You must apply to extend or update your skilled work visa UK if you change jobs or employer.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of five years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £25,600 per year.

What is the Secondment Worker Visa?

This visa route is one of the five sponsored business immigration routes under the Global Business Mobility (GBM) visa umbrella. The Secondment Worker Visa is designed for overseas workers who wish to be temporarily seconded to the UK by their overseas employer as part of a high value contract or investment. Under this route, the applicant can apply for entry clearance from outside the UK.  

Additionally, they may apply for leave to remain if already in the UK, if they do not have or have last been granted leave as a Visitor, Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, a Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the UK’s Immigration Rules.  

Who can apply for the Secondment Worker Visa?

Applicants may apply for the Secondment Worker Visa if they are an oversea worker who is looking to undertake work assignments in the UK on a temporary basis, where the worker may be due to be seconded to the UK as part of either a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas.  This is a brand-new route under the GBM umbrella and is designed to facilitate trade and boost the UK economy.  

What are the requirements?

The Secondment Worker Visa requires the applicant to be awarded 40 points against the following criteria – sponsorship and having a valid job offer at the required skill level.  

To qualify for this route, you will need to prove that: 

  • You are aged 18 or over; 
  • You are working for an overseas business that has a contract with your sponsor worth at least £50 million and has been registered with the Home Office by the sponsor; 
  • You have worked outside the UK for that overseas business for a considerable period of at least 12 months (unless you are applying for an extension to work for the same sponsor); 
  • You can provide a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) that is issued by your UK sponsor for the job you intend to do; 
  • Your job meets the genuine requirement; 
  • Your job is skilled to at least RQF Level 6 (graduate equivalent); 
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself without relying on public funds. 
  • If required, you can provide a valid TB certificate.  

What is the Secondment Worker Visa processing time?

Typically, if the applicant has submitted their application from outside the UK, then they should receive a decision within 3 weeks of applying. Otherwise, if the applicant has submitted an in-country application, this can take around 8 weeks roughly to process.  

How to apply for a Secondment Worker Visa?

To successfully apply for a Secondment Worker Visa, the UK business that will be receiving the worker must: 

  • Have an existing presence in the UK; 
  • Have qualifying links to an overseas business from which it plans to receive its workers; 
  • Have suitable key personnel who will be responsible for the management of the licence; and 
  • Have systems in place to meet the sponsor licence duties.  

Additionally, the applicant will need to complete an online application, using their CoS reference number – this CoS should have been issued to them by their sponsor no more than 3 months before the date of application. 

 As part of their application for a UK Secondment Worker Visa, they will need to prove their identity and provide any supporting documentation. They may also be required to attend an appointment to do this and share their biometric information. When apply, the applicant should demonstrate: 

  • A valid sponsorship certificate from a UK licenced sponsor 
  • A passport/ travel document showing their identity and nationality. 
  • Evidence of them working for their employer outside the UK for at least 12 months (where applicable) 
  • Proof of sufficient funds (if applicable) 
  • A valid tuberculosis test certificate (where applicable) 

Once the applicant has submitted their application, proved their identity, and provided the necessary documents along with the relevant application fees, then they can wait for a decision from the Home Office. 

How long does a Secondment Worker Visa last?

The Secondment Worker Visa lasts for up to one year, with the option to extend their stay by up to a further year. However, please note that the maximum period a visa-holder may remain in the UK on this route, is 2 years. 

Unfortunately, the UK Secondment Worker Visa will not permit the visa-holder with a path to settlement in the UK, although there is a possibility that they can apply still for leave to remain under an alternative visa route if they meet the required eligibility criteria. 

How much does it cost to get a Secondment Worker Visa?

To apply for a UK Secondment Worker Visa, there are various costs involved – in addition to having sufficient funds of at least £1,270 where applicable, the applicant must pay an application fee of £259 and the annual immigration health surcharge fee.  

Not to mention, one must consider the costs relating to the sponsorship – this includes the fee to apply for a Temporary Worker sponsor licence and the fee for issuing each CoS.   

Can my dependents be included as part of my Secondment Worker Visa?

Under this route, Secondment Worker Visa holders may be joined or accompanied by a dependant partner over the age of 18 and dependent children – if they meet the relevant requirements for dependants. This means that the relationship must be genuine and subsisting, where the applicant and their Secondment Worker partner must intend to reside together throughout the applicant’s stay in the UK.  

How can I apply to include my dependents as part of my Secondment Worker Visa?

Anyone who decides to apply as a dependant of a Secondment Worker, is required to be in the UK on the date of application and must not have or have last been granted leave as a Visitor, Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, a Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the UK’s Immigration Rules.  

If eligible, the dependants will be required to apply online, prove their identity, provide their biometric information along with any supporting documentation. Like the main applicant, they will be required to pay an application fee and healthcare surcharge. They may also need to meet a financial requirement.  

How can Bridge Partners Immigration help?

Our immigration specialists can prove substantial advice and guidance on the Home Office requirements to ensure that the criteria are met under the Secondment Worker route. From assisting you with the sponsorship obligations for employers, to the visa application process for your employees, we can work with you in all aspects of the Secondment Worker Visa route. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for further information. 

Frequently Asked Skilled Worker visa​ Application Questions

Someone can be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa if they have a job offer from a sponsoring company in the UK for a job that is on the list of skilled worker occupations. In addition, the skilled worker must have the required skills and experience to undergo the role in the company and have the required level of English language ability.   

The minimum salary for the Skilled Worker visa is either £25,600 per year, £10.10 per hour or the “going rate” for the particular occupation code, whichever is highest. For each job on the Home Office occupation list, there is a “going rate” which details the recommended annual and hourly salary that an individual must earn for the role. The rates are based on a 39-hour week of work. Those applying for the Skilled Worker visa need 50 points to do so. These are gained from sponsorship, skill level and English language requirements. However, 20 further tradable points can be given to those that meet the minimum salary requirement. 

You cannot move to the UK without a job offer from a company that has a UK sponsor licence, unless you apply for the Global Talent visa where this is not a requirement. When you are applying for a Skilled Worker visa you must provide a certificate of sponsorship reference number which proves that you have a job offer and therefore permission to work in the UK with a registered sponsor.  

The general Skilled Worker visa requirements are that you must have a job offer from a company that is a UK-registered sponsor and have a certificate of sponsorship that confirms that you have permission to work in the UK within a specific job role. You must be paid the required minimum salary for the occupation, have the required skill level and English language ability to do the job and have enough funds to support yourself in the UK.   

Once all the correct documentation has been submitted, it takes around 3 weeks for an application for a Skilled Worker visa to be processed by the Home Office when applying outside of the UK. For applications within the UK, the standard processing time is 8 weeks, although this can take around 9 weeks on average.  

For the Skilled Worker visa, you will need to provide a valid passport and proof that you have a job in the UK with details about your job role, salary, and employer information. You will also need the reference number for your certificate of sponsorship which proves that you have an approved job offer with a registered UK sponsor. In addition, you will need to provide bank statements that show you are able to support yourself in the UK and proof of the required qualifications needed for the role such as an English language test and degree certificate.

Yes, you can study whilst on a Skilled Worker visa. There is no restriction on the number of hours you can study as long as it does not interfere with your work. Another requirement is that workers who study must first get an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for their studies and present it to the education provider.  

Skilled Workers are not allowed to run their own businesses.