What are the different types of Global Business Mobility visa?

21 Sep 2023, 49 mins ago

The Global Business Mobility (‘GBM’) visa was introduced as a route for overseas businesses with an intention to establish their business presence in the UK and temporarily transfer existing employees for another specific purpose. There are various routes within the GBM visa category that businesses could benefit from in order to do so. This blog will look at the main categories within this route and the purpose for which they could be used. 

There are currently five different types of GBM routes that have been established to address the various reasons a business would temporarily transfer an employee to the UK:

  1. Senior or Specialist Worker route –To meet the business’ specific needs
  2. Graduate Trainee route – To complete a structured training programme
  3. UK Expansion Worker route – To establish a UK presence for the business
  4. Service Supplier route – To transfer to the UK in line with UK trade agreements
  5. Secondment Worker route – To support high value contracts with UK firms or investments in the UK

Individuals applying under the GBM visa category will be required to have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a Home Office approved employer, who is authorised to sponsor that category of worker. This means that the UK-based company will be required to hold a sponsor licence. Guidance on the specific eligibility rules for each of the five categories can be found linked as follows: Senior or Specialist Worker, Graduate Trainee, UK Expansion Worker, Service Supplier and Secondment Worker

Overseas employers should be aware that this is not a route to settlement for their employees in the UK, and there is a limit on the time an employee can spend in the UK. This category is intended for temporary transfers.

To explore a possible option for your company to permanently transfer employees to your UK-based company, we would suggest looking at the Skilled Worker category (further information on this category can be found here: Skilled Worker visa).

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