If you are an overseas business looking to send staff to the UK to fulfil roles that cannot be undertaken by resident workers, one of the Global Business Mobility Visa routes may be suited to your purpose. QC Immigration has decades of experience in immigration law and has worked with countless businesses across the world.
Our expert team can help you navigate the complex UK immigration laws. We will ensure that you are applying to the correct Business Visa route and increase your chances of success with a strong application that’s clearly presented. If you would like more information, please get in touch using the link below.
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The Global Business Mobility Visa was introduced in April 2022 by the UK government in a bid to bring multiple routes together under a single banner. These changes aim to remove inconsistency and improve the utility of the routes.
The 5 routes gathered under the Global Business Mobility (GBM) banner are:
While each route will have specific requirements, there are some general eligibility criteria and requirements that are applicable to all routes.
Global Business Mobility Visa requirements
In order to successfully be granted this visa, there are three main areas that all applicants must consider:
- Validity requirements – these include the minimum criteria that must be met in order to be fully considered.
- Suitability requirements – these check that the applicant is suitable for the chosen route.
- Eligibility requirements – these are the main criteria for the Global Business Mobility routes.
Before applying to one of the routes, businesses should ensure that the role, business, and employee meet the following criteria:
- UK businesses receiving the employees need to have a Sponsor Licence.
- Workers must be existing employees of the business.
- Jobs’ skill level must be RQF Level 6 or above.
Please note that there are no English language requirements for these routes.
Applying to Global Business Mobility Visa routes
All applications are made online on the Home Office website, regardless of whether you are outside the UK or applying from within the country.
Applicants must review the required documentation for the chosen route before applying and ensure that they are meeting all of the eligibility and requirements criteria.
If you need any assistance with the process, don’t hesitate to contact QC Immigration. Our team of expert immigration lawyers can assist all types of businesses with their applications. This will save you time and increase your chances of being granted your chosen visa on your first application.
How much does a Global Business Mobility Visa cost?
The application fee will vary depending on which route you are applying for. The Immigration Skills Charge may also apply for your chosen route.
On top of the fee, applicants may need to pay the healthcare surcharge every year. You can check how much you may need to pay here.
When considering the overall cost of a visa, it is also important to take into account the cost of any certified translations, biometric enrolment, or legal support.
Can I obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain with Global Business Mobility routes?
These routes do not have English language requirements, so they cannot lead to settlement, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (IRL). This visa fulfils business needs for temporary employment, so those looking to obtain ILR will need to consider alternative routes if applicable.
Can I bring my family on a Global Business Mobility Visa?
If your family members are eligible, they can apply to come to the UK as the applicant’s dependents. Eligibility criteria may include financial requirements and may be specific to each route.