Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa is an option for existing employees of multinational employers who need to be transferred to their UK branch for training purposes or to fill a specific vacancy that cannot be filled by settled or EEA workers either on a long or short term visits.
With current development in UK immigration laws, many business owners are eager to learn more about different options available in order to bring in international talents from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to continue to meet business needs and growth. Multinational employers employing workers who need to be transferred to their UK branch for training purposes might be interested in Intra-Company Transfers. Our experienced solicitors can assist you in applying for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa.
Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer: What is it?
Intra-Company Transfer route can be used by existing employees of a multinational employer who need to be transferred to their UK branch. The specific vacancy they are applying for cannot be filled by either a settled or an EEA worker on long term basis or short frequent visas. This route cannot be used by an employee of an overseas employer that is not linked by common ownership or control to the UK branch.
Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer: Categories
The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa is designed to allow UK businesses who also acquire overseas offices to transfer key members of their team to the UK. This route has four subdivisions: short term, long term, graduate trainee or skills transfer route.
It is important employers select the correct route as applicants will not be allowed to switch from the long term to the short term route. However, it is possible to switch from the short term to the long term route. For more information on how to submit a successful transfer application contact our expert team of solicitors.
There are currently 4 routes to enter the UK under the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer route:
- Long-term: Applicants who wish to enter the UK under this category must demonstrate that they have been employed by their overseas employer for a minimum of 12 months and will earn a minimum salary of £41,500.
- Short-term: Applicants who wish to enter the UK under this category must also have been in ongoing employment with their overseas employer for a minimum period of 12 months and meet an increased threshold of £30,000.
- Graduate trainee: This category is designed specifically for Applicants who wish to join a graduate program in the UK for a specialist role. Applicants must now meet a threshold of £23,000.
- Skills transfer: This category allows overseas employees to enter the UK for training purposes. Unlike the other categories, Applicants are not required to be employed by the overseas employer for a specific period of time. This category has been affected the most under the recent changes as this route closed on 24 November 2016. You can only apply if your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned on or before 23 November 2016.
Under the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer, it is important that the employer provides sufficient evidence demonstrating that the role cannot be filled by UK settled workers and that there is genuine need and vacancy for the role.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa application.
A Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer application can be complicated at times as the Home Office have imposed highly specific requirements for applicants to meet. Our expert immigration solicitors will provide you with a tailored service and are on hand to expedite the Tier 2 Intra-Company Tranfer process.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.