The Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker Visa is a sponsored route for overseas businesses that wish to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK. The route allows eligible businesses to sponsor senior managers or specialist workers who are being assigned to the UK for a temporary period to undertake work related to the business’s expansion to the UK.
This article is primarily for employers looking to be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor a non-settled worker as a UK Expansion Worker. We provide guidance for employers as to the main general and route-specific requirements that they will need to satisfy in order to successfully apply for a UK Expansion Worker sponsor licence.
Who Needs to Be Sponsored on the UK Expansion Worker Route?
You will need to sponsor any overseas national you wish to employ to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK if they are not a settled worker or do not otherwise have immigration permission to work for you in the UK. This includes most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who arrived in the UK after 31 December 2020. In order to sponsor a UK Expansion Worker you will need to be authorised by the Home Office.
UK Expansion Worker sponsors can only sponsor the number of workers that they genuinely need to establish the UK business, up to a maximum of 5 workers at any one time. You will be able to replace individual workers within this allocation (for example, if a sponsored worker leaves your company or returns to their employer overseas) but you will not be permitted to sponsor more than 5 workers on the UK Expansion Worker route at any one time.
How to Apply for a UK Expansion Worker Sponsor Licence
In order to successfully apply for a UK Expansion Worker sponsor licence, you will need to satisfy various general and route-specific requirements.
General Requirements for a UK Expansion Worker Sponsor Licence
In terms of general requirements, you will need to satisfy the Home Office that:
Route-specific Requirements for a UK Expansion Worker Sponsor Licence
In terms of requirements that are specific to the UK Expansion Worker route, you will need to satisfy the Home Office that:
In the remainder of this article we explore these general and route-specific requirements in more detail.Download Our Brochure
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