UK Expansion Worker
(Global Business Mobility)
The UK Expansion Worker visa, also known as the Global Business Mobility visa, is a type of visa designed for employees of overseas businesses who are looking to expand their operations into the United Kingdom.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible for this visa, applicants must be employees of an overseas business that is expanding its operations to the UK. They must have worked for the company for at least 12 months before applying and must be coming to the UK to undertake a role that is linked to the expansion of the business. Applicants must also have a job offer from their employer and must be able to demonstrate that they will be paid at least the same amount as the UK’s minimum salary threshold for the relevant job. In addition, applicants will need to meet other eligibility requirements, such as English language proficiency and maintenance funds.
How long you can stay in the UK
You can stay in the UK with a UK Expansion Worker visa for whichever is shorter of:
12 months after the start date of the job on your certificate of sponsorship
The time given on your certificate of sponsorship, plus 14 days
If you want to stay longer in the UK, you can extend your visa by 12 months. The maximum time you can stay in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years.
If you’ve spent time in the UK on this or another visa, you might not be able to stay on a UK Expansion Worker visa for as long. Your partner and children can apply to join you or stay in the UK as your ‘dependants’ if they’re eligible.
It is worth noting that the Global Business Mobility visa is not a route to settlement in the UK. If an applicant wishes to stay in the UK permanently, they will need to apply for a different visa, such as a Skilled Worker visa or an Innovator Founder visa.
Overall, the UK Expansion Worker visa (Global Business Mobility) is a useful option for employees of overseas businesses who are looking to expand their operations to the UK, allowing them to work in the UK for a limited period of time.