United KingdomExpansion Worker Visa Program
A UK Expansion Worker Visa Program allows foreigners to come to the UK to set up a branch of an overseas business that has not started trading in the UK yet. Applicants must already work for the overseas business as either a senior manager or specialist employee. This type of visas has validity of 12 months and can be extended with the same time just once.
Expansion Worker Visas cannot lead to permanent residency or ILR in UK. For that purpose, changing visa is required.
To be eligible for a UK Expansion Worker visa, applicants need to have a valid certificate of sponsorship from the UK employer and do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations for at least 12 months unless they are earning over £73,900 annually. They also have to meet minimum salary requirement: £45,800 per year, or the ‘going rate’ for the job role.
Applicants should begin the process up to 3 months before their intended work start date, as specified on their certificate of sponsorship. They need to prove their identities and submit required documents. Applications are submitted online and visa decisions are typically received within 3 weeks if applying from outside the UK or 8 weeks if applying within the UK. For faster decisions, options are available depending on the applicant’s location.
Residency in the UK
Health & Education
Pathway to UK Citizenship
Costs for the UK Expansion Worker (Global Business Mobility) Visas
|Annual healthcare surcharge||£624|
|Accessible funds||At least £ 1,270, plus £285 for the spouse, £315 for one child, and £200 for each additional child|