Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa

Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa

The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa enables the transfer of workers to a UK branch office.

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The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa category is used by multinational organisations, particularly in the I.T. sector, to transfer skilled employees from an overseas office to fill a post in their UK office which cannot be filled by a locally recruited employee.  

You will need to have an offer of employment in the UK from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor before applying for a visa and the overseas employer must be linked by common ownership or control to the UK branch.

The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa category can be very complicated as the rules, salary thresholds and criteria are often changed by UKVI. Our expert legal team can ensure your organization remains up to date with the frequent changes in immigration law and that there is no disruption to your current staffing level and future recruitment needs.

Eligibility Requirements for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa?

The foreign worker will need to show that they have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License. The organisation you are transferring from must be listed as a linked entity on your Sponsor’s licence.

The job you are sponsored for must be at least graduate level or a specified creative profession and must be on the Home Office’s list of skilled occupations.

Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa Categories

There are two categories of Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa:

Long-Term Staff 

This category is for foreign employees who have worked for the overseas branch of the organization for a minimum of 12 months who are being transferred to the UK in order to perform a specialized role which cannot be filled by a British Citizen or permanent resident.

If you are applying in the Long-term Staff sub-category then you must be paid a minimum of £41,500 per year, or the minimum for your exact job, whichever is higher.

Graduate Trainee

This category is for recent graduates who have worked for the organization for at least 3 months and are being transferred to a UK branch office as part of a structured graduate training programme, with clearly defined progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation. Each Sponsor can only sponsor 20 people in this category per year.

If you are applying in the Graduate Trainee sub-category then you must be paid a minimum of £23,000 per year, or the minimum for your exact job, whichever is higher.

Important Considerations in Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa Applications

The maximum stay for the Long-Term Staff sub-category of the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa is either 9 years (if you earn more than £120,000 per year) or 5 years, 1 month (if you earn less than £120,000 per year) or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus one month, whichever is shorter.

The maximum stay for the Graduate Trainee sub-category of the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa is 12 months or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus one month, whichever is shorter.

You will be able to work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship and do a second job in the same profession and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week.

Your partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany you as your dependents.

Unfortunately, you cannot settle permanently in the UK, unless you applied for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa before 6 April 2011. If you wish to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, please talk to one of our lawyers about possible options of settling in the UK.

If your Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa has been refused you may submit a fresh application or file an Administrative Review application if there are sufficient legal merits and the decision-maker has made a clear error.

Our Services

Our experienced corporate immigration lawyers have a proven track record of success in helping businesses across a wide variety of industries and their employees with their visa applications.  Our team regularly works with multi-national corporations from around the world, assisting them with moving staff to the UK to assist with large projects.

Having extensive experience in the field, we can manage an intra-company transfer visa application from beginning to end.  With our service, it will allow your HR team to focus on servicing other parts of the organisation.  You can also be confident that by instructing us to organise UK Sponsor Licences and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visas, your company can be fully compliant with Sponsor Licence duties and responsibilities.

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