Changes to the Immigration Skills Charge for Global Business Mobility applications

20 Jan 2023, 59 mins ago

A new exemption in regard to paying the Immigration Skills Charge (“ISC”) has recently become available to employers who are relocating EU workers from their offices in the EU under the Global Business Mobility Scheme: Senior/Specialist Worker category. 

The Senior/Specialist Worker visa may be considered a replacement for the previous Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) visa. Those applying for a Senior/Specialist Worker visa must have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (“COS”) by their Home Office approved UK employer.

From 1 January 2023, employers will not be required to pay the ISC when assigning a COS, where all of the following conditions apply:

  • The applicant is applying for a Senior/Specialist Worker visa and meets all of the eligibility and suitability requirements of the category;
  • The applicant is a national of an EU country or holds a Latvian non-citizen’s passport, and usually works in an EU country;
  • The company seconding the applicant to work in the UK in a connected entity is established in the EU; and
  • The UK assignment will be no more than 3 years in duration.

It should be noted that the ISC exemption will not apply to applicants who are nationals of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.

The new exemption will help to reduce visa costs, as for employers the ISC is presently set at £364 per year of sponsorship for small companies and at £1,000 per year of sponsorship for large businesses.

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