Intra Company Transfers
The category of intra company transfers covers people who are being transferred by their employer from overseas to a UK branch.
There are 4 sub-categories:
- Long-term staff – People who are going to work in the UK in a post that cannot be filled by someone already present and settled in the UK. This is for employees who will be working in the UK for over a year;
- Short-term staff – People in the same position as above, but who will be working in the UK for a year or less;
- Graduate trainees – People who are taking part in a graduate training programme that lead towards a managerial or specialist role;
- Skills transfer – People who are being transferred to a UK branch temporarily so that they can learn skills from that branch, or pass on skills to it.
You must show that you meet the following requirements under UK immigration law:
- You have been allocated a Certificate of Sponsorship by your employer; and
- Your salary is at a certain level, specified by the UK Border Agency; and
- You speak English to the required standard; and
- You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds; and
- If you have been a sponsored student in the UK in the last year, you have the consent of the sponsor to stay in or re-enter the UK.
Your spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and / or children may also be able to apply as your dependents.
The UK Border Agency changes the requirements of the Points Based System regularly and if you are refused leave to remain under the Points Based System and you appeal, you will only be able to rely on evidence that you submitted with your original application; you cannot introduce new evidence. It is therefore important that any application for a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa is prepared carefully.
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