Secondment Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

You can apply for the Secondment Worker visa if your overseas employer needs you to do work in the UK for another company that has a high-value contract with your overseas employer that is worth a minimum of £50 million. You will need to have worked for your overseas employer for at least 12 months before applying.

What are the requirements for the Secondment Worker visa?

You can apply for the Secondment Worker visa if your overseas employer needs you to do work in the UK for another company that has a high-value contract with your overseas employer that is worth a minimum of £50 million. You will need to have worked for your overseas employer for at least 12 months before applying.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

You will need a valid CoS from your UK sponsor that has a sponsor licence. The CoS will need to outline your job and the salary, as well as the start date which should be no more than 3 months after the date of application. The sponsor must have a high-value contract worth £50 million and you must be required to work on the contract in a genuine job role.

Do an eligible job at a required skill level

You will need to do a job that is on the Home Office list of eligible occupations at the required minimum skill level which is at least RQF Level 6.

Salary requirement

There is no salary requirement for the Secondment Worker visa.

Financial requirement

Applicants will need to meet the financial requirement which is that they must have at least £1270 of funds available that they have held for 28 days to show that they can support themselves in the UK without having to access public funds. However, those who are extending their visas or applying from within the UK, will not need to meet this requirement if they have been in the UK for 12 months.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Secondment Worker visa?

In order to apply for the Secondment Worker visa, you will need to provide a certificate of sponsorship, proof of savings, a TB test (if required) and evidence such as payslips and bank statements to show employment with the overseas employer.

How much does it cost?

The Secondment Worker visa application costs £259 and the healthcare surcharge payment is £624 per year.

How long can you stay on this visa?

Applicants can stay on this visa for up to 5 years in any 6 year period and this includes any time spent on the other Global Business Mobility visa routes. This visa is not a route to settlement, but individuals can switch to other visas that do lead directly to settlement.

What can you do on this visa?

On this visa, you can work, study and volunteer. You can also bring your partner and children as your dependants.

Please contact us for any guidance or advice on this visa route.