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Global Mobility Visa Route

The Global Business Mobility visa will be available to overseas businesses wishing to send employees to the UK.  The Skilled Worker route will remain available to UK businesses that wish to hire a migrant worker to fill a vacancy in the UK.

Due to be launched in Spring 2022, the Global Business Mobility visa promises to provide a new streamlined immigration route allowing overseas entities greater flexibility in transferring migrant workers to the UK to establish and expand their businesses.

Who is the Global Mobility Route for?

The new Global Business Mobility visa is specifically aimed at accommodating those who wish to come to the UK to grow their businesses and employ people.

This visa category visa has been designed to help UK businesses with their business immigration needs, and overseas workers with their individual immigration needs, through permitting the transfer* of staff to the UK under the points-based immigration system. The five categories are:

  • Senior or Specialist Workers required to work at a UK office of an overseas business; 
  • Graduate Trainees undertaking a UK placement as part of a structured training programme;
  • Service Suppliers travelling to the UK to deliver a service in line with a UK trade commitment (e.g. GATS);
  • Secondment Workers on secondment to a UK business for a specific purpose (e.g. to transfer knowledge related to a high value import or export); and
  • UK Expansion Workers who will be specialist or senior employees who are on assignment as part of the UK expansion of the overseas business.

What are the Requirements for the Global Mobility Route?

The following will be required to be eligible for this visa route:

  • a mandatory sponsor licence for UK businesses receiving workers;
  • minimum skill level for each job – it is not clear whether the higher Intra Company Transfer route skill threshold will continue to apply;
  • salary threshold for UK roles;
  • transferring workers must be existing employees with a minimum period of employment overseas; and
  • assignments will be temporary but flexible and workers should be able to switch to permanent immigration categories from within the UK (potentially counting time already spent under the GBM route towards settlement).
  • So far no English language requirement has been added.

Applicants will need to demonstrate there is be a sponsor business in the UK receiving them, that they are being sent to the UK by an overseas entity and that there is a business relationship between the two.

A new element to the GBM visa route is a specific route for secondments and groups of individuals to be sent to the UK from an overseas branch to set up a presence in the UK or expand an existing UK business.

*All five sub-categories are temporary routes (they do not lead to settlement/indefinite leave to remain in the UK). The Global Business Mobility routes come into force from 9:00am on 11 April 2022.

Benefits of the Global Mobility Route

Via this new route, there is the possibility of greater flexibility being introduced for businesses to establish their offices in the UK or continuing their business relationships with their clients and suppliers in the country. If overseas companies with no presence in the UK were to be permitted to apply for their sponsor licences abroad, some interesting scenarios could play out. The Home Office would be dealing with the new cost and burden of monitoring the compliance of sponsor license holders based outside the UK, among other things.


With over 8 decades of experience, our Immigration Lawyers and Solicitors have developed a keen awareness of the specific criteria of the Home Office and approved endorsing bodies.

Our specialist legal team has a strong understanding of the requirements sponsored visa routes and has worked with a wide range of businesses to get their applications approved. We will work tirelessly to tailor your application to meet these demands and get your Global Mobility Visa granted.

The Home Office is notorious for refusing visas for falling short on any aspect of their criteria, or for a perceived lack of clarity. It is, therefore, important to have the best legal advice available.

Get in touch with our team today to find out if you are suitable for the Global Mobility Visa route, which will enable you to live and work in the UK as a leader in your field.



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