Who is eligible for an Intra-company transfer visa?
There are two types of intra company transfer visas: intra-company transfer visa and intra-company transfer graduate trainee visa. You can apply for the intra-company transfer visa when you’re being transferred to a role in the UK by your employer. This is usually applicable to people who work for international companies who have offices in the UK as well as abroad. In order to be eligible for this visa, you will need to have worked for your employer (overseas) for at least 12 months or if you have worked for your employer for less than 12 months, you will be required to have an annual salary of least £73,900 to be able to work in the UK office.
Contrastingly, the intra-company graduate trainee visa is applicable for those who are transferring to the UK as part of a graduate training programme for a managerial or specialist role. In order to be eligible for this visa, you must have worked for your employer for at least 3 months.
Along with the above requirements, an applicant would need to have a certificate of sponsorship from their employer, undertake a job which is on the list of eligible occupations and be paid the minimum salary for the role.
The list of occupations outlines the different roles and job titles that you can do in the UK.
Will intra-company transfer visas become more popular post-Brexit?
Now that the free movement has ended whereby there could be no barriers in moving goods to and from the EU and the UK, companies may be more likely to set up subsidiaries in the UK to avoid red tape and other barriers.
This visa is therefore a good opportunity for foreign companies to utilise existing key employees when establishing bases or branches in the UK. This visa category may therefore be more popular post-Brexit.
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