The Global Business Mobility Visa Explained

Global Business Mobility Visa

The global business mobility visa, like many of the UK visa paths can be a daunting subject for immigration applicants. UK immigration rules change and evolve all the time and it can be tricky keeping up! Taylor Hampton Solicitors deal with Visa Services and can help to debunk some of the confusion.

This article explains the rationale behind this visa and how it operates for workers on the move.

The current Global Business Mobility Route replaces the previous Intra-company transfer route.  This was a popular visa and it was scrapped by the Government on 11 April of this year.

How do I choose the right route? There are so many options!

Indeed, there are many options. This means that you need to pay due attention to the criteria offered for these visa routes.  We explain below what some of them are.  Essentially there are five pathways for getting your mobility visa:

  • You are a service supplier:

For this route you will need to be a contracted service supplier. Alternatively, you may be a self-employed professional, or even a freelancer. This option is relevant if your company contracts  you for a UK-based project or a specific assignment.

  • You are a graduate trainee:

In this case as a trainee, you will be hired to work in the UK. This will be to complete some of your graduate training course, so the route is seen as vocational and necessary to your studies. However, it will be for a limited time period.

  • You are a secondment worker:

In this case you will count as an employee working on a temporary assignment.  Moreover, this will be in the UK forming part of a ‘high-value’ contract.  However, it could be that you come to this route through investment by your employer. In this case the employer will typically be overseas. Watch this space as we are not yet clear on what “high value” actually means. The government has not published the thresholds for this visa.

  • You are a UK expansion worker:

This route is a little like the specialist worker explained below. It relates to those who come to the UK for a specific reason. In this instance the reason is clearly stated and it must relate to business expansion.

  • You are a senior or specialist worker:

If you are a senior manager or you have a set role, this visa is for you.  However, your overseas employer will have assigned you to their UK office for a set period or project.

Are there more qualifications or criteria for Business Visas?

Indeed there is another avenue open to you in addition to those above. For instance, you can consider the global business mobility route.

There are various criteria here set by the Government. You will need a Certificate of Sponsorship, but this will be difference in every case. Additionally, the salary levels will vary. This is a CoS.  It is effectively a self-certification document.  Your sponsor would provide this to you as the applicant.  The Certificate of Sponsorship will always have its own unique number which you would need to keep digitally as a reference. It will be proof of your sponsorship and is a matter of compliance. It is important for your employer to abide by the rules to avoid disqualification.  This can be tricky to navigate which is where a specialist immigration lawyer can help.


If you believe you may be able to apply for the Global Mobility visa through any of these five routes, please contact Leena Chouhan .  [email protected] or call 0207 427 5972


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