We require temporary workers to service our clients in the UK – can we transfer employees from our overseas entity?

08 Jul 2024, 12 mins ago

If you need to temporarily transfer employees from your overseas entity to service a client in the UK, you might be wondering about the appropriate visa options.

The Global Business Mobility (GBM) route is the most suitable pathway, tailored specifically for such business assignments. Here’s an overview to guide you through this process.

The GBM route is designed to facilitate the mobility of employees within multinational organisations, making it ideal for transferring staff to your UK branch. This route, introduced in April 2022, offers five categories, each catering to different business needs:

  • Senior or Specialist Worker: For senior managers or specialists
  • Graduate Trainee: For employees undergoing structured training
  • Secondment Worker: For high-value contracts or investments in the UK
  • UK Expansion Worker: For establishing a UK presence for the business
  • Service Supplier: For fulfilling UK trade agreements

Each category has specific requirements, including a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK-authorised sponsor, meeting minimum skill levels, and salary thresholds. Notably, applicants generally need to have worked for the overseas entity for at least 12 months unless they are high earners.

While the GBM visa does not lead to settlement, it offers the possibility to switch to other routes that do, such as the Skilled Worker or Scale-up routes, once in the UK.

Understanding the GBM categories ensures you can effectively plan your employee transfers, maintaining compliance and meeting your business needs. For tailored advice and assistance with your specific situation, consulting with an immigration law firm is recommended.

How Gherson can assist

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