The Intra-company Visa allows existing employees of multinational companies outside the UK to transfer to a job in their company’s UK branch.
The UK branch must have a valid Sponsor Licence to be able to employ the company’s overseas employees.
There are two types of Intra-Company visa: Intra-company Transfer visa and Graduate Trainee visa. The specific requirements for each type of Intra-Company visa are set out below.
You can apply for this visa if you are transferring into a role that requires you to have had previous experience working for the company. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Long-term Staff visa.
You will need to have worked for your company for more than 1 year unless they’re going to pay you an annual salary of at least £73,900 to work in the UK.
This visa is for transfers into graduate trainee programmes for specialist roles. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Graduate Trainee visa
For this visa, you need to be a recent graduate with at least 3 months’ experience with your employer overseas.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Your Certificate of Sponsorship will hold your personal details and information about the job you have been offered, including the salary and the start and end date of the employment.
Your employer’s UK branch must hold a valid Sponsor licence, which will allow to issue you a CoS reference number that must be included with your application. You must apply for your visa within 3 months from the date your CoS is issued.
Length of Employment Outside the UK
You must have worked for your employer outside of the UK. How long you need to have worked for them depends on what visa you’re applying for and how much you’re paid.
If you are applying for Intra-company Transfer and you are earning less than £73,900, you need to have worked for your employer outside the UK for 12 months. If you are earning above £73,900, you do not need to have minimum time on your employment outside the UK.
If you’re applying for an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa, you must have worked for your employer overseas for the 3 months immediately before the date you apply.
Employment in the UK
Your job in your company’s UK branch must be on the list of eligible occupations. Your employer must provide you with an occupation number (4-digit) for your proposed job position.
If you’re applying for an Intra-company Transfer visa you must be paid at least £41,500 or the ‘going rate’ for your job – whichever is higher.
If you’re applying for an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa you must be paid at least £23,000 or 70% of the ‘going rate’ for your job – whichever is higher.
Each occupation code has its own annual going rate.
You must have sufficient funds of at least £1,270 for your maintenance in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you can apply. You do not need to show maintenance funds if you have been in the UK for at least 12 months before you apply, or if your employer certified your maintenance on your CoS.
If you are applying with your dependent family members, you will need to show additional funds for their maintenance. You must have £285 for your dependent spouse, £315 for a dependent child, and £200 for each additional dependent child.
As with most visa categories, you must be at least 18 years old to apply and meet the English Language requirement. You will also need to provide a tuberculosis test if you are applying from a listed country.
Once you receive your Intra-Company visa, you should note that the following conditions will apply to your stay in the UK in this category.
You will be permitted the following activities on your Intra-Company visa:
- Work for your sponsor in the job described in your CoS.
- Take up second employment of up to 20 hours per week if your job is in the same occupation code and at the same level as your main job, or in a shortage occupation.
- Take on voluntary work.
- Study if it does not interfere with the job you are sponsored for.
- Bring your dependent family members.
You will not be able to do the following in the UK on your Intra-Company visa:
- You cannot switch to a Skilled Worker Visa from within the UK.
- You would need to wait for one year before you could apply for a Skilled Worker Visa from overseas. This is known as the “cooling off” period.
- Take up a second job until you have started working for your sponsor.
- Settle in the UK on an Intra-Company visa
- Claim public funds (most benefits)
Fairmont Lawyers can help you navigate the requirements and provide you with professional legal assistance every step of the way to obtain an Intra-Company visa.
Yes. For Long-term Staff, you must be paid a minimum of £41,500 per year, or the appropriate rate for your exact job – whichever is higher.
For Graduate Trainee, you must be paid a minimum of £23,000 per year, or the minimum for your exact job – whichever is higher.
You will usually get a decision on your visa within:
- 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
- 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK
Priority service may be available at an additional cost.
Yes. You should apply before your current visa expires. You can apply as an individual or as a family group with your dependents.
For Long-term Staff, your stay can be extended for the shortest of the following:
- The time given on your certificate of sponsorship, plus 14 days.
- The time needed to extend your stay to the maximum time allowed in the category.
For Graduate Trainee:
- You can extend your stay if your original visa was for less than 12 months.
- You can only extend your visa by to a maximum duration of 12 months.
How much you pay to apply for an Intra-company visa depends on the type of visa and where you’re applying from.
|What you’re applying for||Apply from outside the UK||Extend or switch in the UK|
|Intra-company Transfer (up to 3 years)||£610 per person||£704 per person|
|Intra-company Transfer (more than 3 years)||£1,220 per person||£1,408 per person|
|Intra-company Graduate Trainee||£482 per person||£482 per person|