Global Business Mobility

Global Business Mobility

Global Business Mobility refers to a set of sponsored work visas introduced in the UK in April 2022. The Global Business Mobility category comprises five distinct visas tailored to accommodate various business needs, including conducting contract work for UK companies, transferring staff to the UK, or establishing a new UK-based branch of an existing international business.

Under the Global Business Mobility Scheme, there are 5 types of immigration routes to relocate your key personnel and contacts:

  • GBM – Senior or Specialist Worker
  • GBM – Graduate Trainee
  • GBM – UK Expansion Worker
  • GBM – Service Supplier
  • GBM – Secondment Worker

 

Each of these visas has its own set of eligibility criteria that applicants must meet. However, they also share certain common requirements, such as financial prerequisites for applicants and their dependents. Additionally, all applicants for these visas must obtain a valid certificate of sponsorship from an authorised sponsor as part of the application process. These visas collectively form a framework known as Global Business Mobility, facilitating international businesses in engaging with the UK market and its workforce.

The GBM routes do not lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK, and visa durations are limited with possibilities for extension.

GBM Routes Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

Each category has detailed eligibility criteria and requirements that must be met at the time of application. With salary thresholds, duration of stay and other variables, each appointment should be examined thoroughly before submitting any application. It is also vital to learn the after-visa process, including the conditions of the visa, sponsorship management duties of the Company and maximum stay in a certain category.

Immigration Connection can help you throughout the process by providing business consultancy, immigration advice and full representation in the required immigration applications. Having a clear plan for transferring your company’s human resources can help your UK operations to be smooth. Our consultancy sessions can help you clarify your strategy and learn how we can help you with your specific plans with bespoke services.

With our long years of experience as business consultants and immigration advisers, we can help you map out your strategy and set up your UK branch or subsidiary having a clear immigration strategy in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

The GBM scheme is a sponsored avenue that simplifies the process of relocating key personnel to the UK for temporary work assignments within linked UK companies. It’s particularly useful when settled employees cannot fill the positions. It streamlines the process of sending workers to the UK to set up and establish a branch or subsidiary.

A sponsorship license specific to GBM routes is necessary if you plan to send workers to the UK under the Global Business Mobility scheme or bring/send workers from linked businesses outside the UK. If you wish to send a UK Expansion Worker to the UK, you must obtain this license before beginning to trade in the UK, relying on the evidence of the “UK footprint” of the parent company.

Under the Global Business Mobility Scheme, there are 5 types of immigration routes to relocate your key personnel and contacts:

GBM – Senior or Specialist Worker

GBM – Graduate Trainee

GBM – UK Expansion Worker

GBM – Service Supplier

GBM – Secondment Worker

Each route has specific eligibility criteria and requirements.

The UK Expansion Worker route is designed for foreign businesses looking to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK. It allows eligible businesses to sponsor senior managers or specialised workers who come to the UK temporarily to assist with the expansion. This route is applicable when the business hasn’t started trading in the UK yet. If your business already operates in the UK, you may need to explore other sponsorship routes.

Immigration Connection provides comprehensive services, including business consultancy and immigration advice. We offer full representation in the required immigration applications. Our experienced team can help you map your strategy, clarify your specific plans, and ensure your UK branch or subsidiary setup aligns with your immigration strategy. We’re here to guide you through the process to make your UK operations smooth and successful.

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