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Graduate Trainee Visa

Graduate Trainee Visa
(Global Business Mobility)

A Graduate Trainee visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to work for your employer in their UK branch.

Your job must be eligible and part of a graduate training programme for a managerial or specialist role. This visa has replaced the Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa, previously Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Graduate Trainee visa.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for a Graduate Trainee visa, you must:

  • be an existing employee of an organisation that’s been approved by the Home Office as a sponsor

  • have worked for your sponsor outside the UK for at least 3 months immediately before you apply

  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the work you will do in the UK

  • do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations

  • be paid at least £23,100 per year


You cannot apply to change (‘switch’) to a Graduate Trainee visa from inside the UK.

You can stay in the UK with a Graduate Trainee visa for whichever is shorter of:

  • the time given on your certificate of sponsorship, plus 14 days

  • 12 months


You cannot extend your visa, but you can apply for another Graduate Trainee visa from outside the UK.

You can only stay in the UK for a maximum of 5 years in any 6 year period if you’ve spent time on any of these visas:


You must have been working for your sponsor outside the UK for at least 3 months immediately before the date you apply.

What you can and cannot do

With a Graduate Trainee visa you can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship

  • study

  • bring your partner and children with you as your ‘dependents’ if they’re eligible

  • do voluntary work

  • travel abroad and return to the UK


You cannot:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds) or the State Pension

  • change jobs

  • do a second job apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

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