Updated March 2023
The Graduate Trainee visa is part of the Global Business Mobility Scheme that allows overseas workers to work in their employer’s UK branch as part of their graduate training programme . This visa is ideal for those doing a graduate training programme that leads to a specialist or senior managerial role. There are however certain eligibility criteria that you must meet to be able to apply for this visa.
At the Nathanson Partnership, we know that applying for a visa is life-changing and we aim to make the application process as stress-free as possible for our clients. If you need help with your Graduate Trainee visa application, we are happy to assist you.
Who Can Apply for the UK Graduate Trainee Visa?
In order to be eligible for the Graduate Trainee visa, you must show that you are employed by an organisation outside of the UK and that you have been employed by them for at least three months. The overseas company must be linked to the UK sponsor company.
You must have a valid ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ (CoS) from your sponsor, with details of what you will be doing in the UK. The job has to be listed on the eligible occupations list and your sponsor must pay you an annual salary of at least £23,100 or 70% of the “going rate” for your role, whichever is higher.
What Are the Sponsor Requirements for the Graduate Trainee Visa?
One of the main requirements for the Graduate Trainee visa is that you have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) for your role that has been issued by your employer. The UK company that sponsors you must be linked to your overseas employer by common ownership or control meaning both companies must be owned by the same entity, or by a joint venture agreement.
For the CoS to be valid, your employer must be a Home Office authorised Graduate Trainee sponsor and they must have issued your CoS less than three months before you make the visa application. A valid certificate of sponsorship must also include specific information such as your name, job title and occupational code and salary.
How Long Can I Stay on the Graduate Trainee Visa?
You can stay on the Graduate Trainee visa for either 12 months or the time given on your CoS plus an extra 14 days, whichever is shorter.
You are not able to extend your Graduate Trainee visa within the UK, but you can make a new application from outside of the UK.
Can I Get ILR Through the Graduate Trainee Visa?
Unfortunately, a Graduate Trainee visa is not a pathway to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). However, you can switch to another visa type before your Graduate Trainee visa expires once you are in the UK for example the Skilled Worker visa leads to ILR.
How Can The Nathanson Partnership Help You?
At The Nathanson Partnership, we can help you apply for your Graduate Trainee visa. As long as you have a UK-licensed sponsor and you meet the requirements we’ve mentioned above, we can help you put together everything you need to show to the Home Office that you’re suitable for this visa.
We provide a full end-to-end Graduate Trainee visa service in which we advise you on the documentation you need to provide, review your application and ensure that you have the support you need to successfully get the visa.
Please contact us for a free initial assessment with our qualified and experienced UK immigration advisors.
Contact Our Expert Graduate Trainee Visa Immigration Professionals
The Nathanson Partnership consists of regulated immigration professionals providing quality immigration advice that you can rely on. We are fully accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) which means that our practices must adhere to very high immigration industry service standards.
We represent a range of clients and pride ourselves on providing transparent, no-nonsense legal advice. We understand that every visa application is unique and everyone has different circumstances, which is why we give tailored support depending on your needs.
If you need assistance with your Graduate Trainee visa application, our team of specialists are here to help you.