What is the Global Business Mobility Visa?
GBM is a new set of sponsored routes to assist overseas businesses establish a presence in, or transfer workers to the UK. These routes replace previous business mobility provisions, such as the Intra-Company Transfer Visa and the Sole Representative Visa.
There are five immigration routes under the Global Business Mobility visa:
1. Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
This route replaces the Intra-Company Transfer Visa and can be relied on to allow overseas workers – specifically senior managers or specialist employees – to work on temporary assignments at a business already established in the UK.
2. Graduate Trainee Visa
Under this route, overseas workers who are on a graduate training course for senior management or a specialist position and are required to take a work placement in the UK are able to be assigned here temporarily.
3. UK Expansion Worker Visa
This category allows overseas businesses to establish themselves in the UK by permitting senior/specialist employees to set up a branch or subsidiary. The UK Expansion Worker route has replaced the representative of an overseas business or sole representative category.
4. Service Supplier Visa
Workers suitable to apply for this visa route will either be contractual service suppliers employed by an overseas service provider, or self-employed professionals who are providing services covered by one of the UK’s international trade agreements.
5. Secondment Worker Visa
This is a new route for overseas workers who are seconded to the UK as part of a high-value contract or investment by their overseas employer.
All of the subcategories of the Global Business Mobility routes require the business to apply for a sponsor licence and must meet strict compliance and audit requirements.