Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa Application

The Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) visa route is used by multinational organisations to transfer skilled employees from an overseas office, subsidiary or sister company to fill a post in the UK which cannot be filled by a locally recruited employee. This route is mainly used by tech companies, such as Indian IT giant, Tata Consultancy Services.  However, the policies introduced by the UK government such as the Immigration Skills Charge and minimum income thresholds makes it increasingly difficult for companies to transfer talent to the UK for projects.  As the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) continues to make regular changes to the Points Based System, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to keep well-informed of immigration developments to ensure that they are aware of the latest changes.

At A Y & J Solicitors, our multi-lingual staff assist employers with obtaining a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and support employees who wish to apply to enter Britain on the intra-company transfer route so they can work on special projects, further their careers, and have a chance to explore Britain.

The categories of Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa are:

  • Long-term staff – this is for the transfer of skilled workforce for a period of between 12 months and five years, where a post cannot be filled To qualify, the foreign employee must have worked for the foreign branch of the multinational company for at least 12 months and receive a salary of at least £41,500 or the appropriate rate for that occupation as set out in the Code of Practice, whichever is higher.
  • Graduate trainee – for specialist roles on a graduate trainee program. Transferees must be recent graduates with at least three months experience in a foreign branch of the multinational and the salary threshold is £23,000.
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What Are the Eligibility Requirements for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa?

 To apply for a T2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa, you will need to possess the following:

  • A valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an employer with a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence
  • An ‘appropriate salary’ for your job
  • Personal savings of £945 so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK
  • Tuberculosis test results (if applicable)
  • Proof you have worked for your employer outside the UK
  • English language, if the transferee’s visa is for more than three years

An appropriate salary is a minimum salary required for the type of visa you are applying for or the appropriate rate for your job type, whichever is higher. The minimum salary for long-term staff is £41,500.  Graduate trainees must be paid a minimum of £23,000.

How Do I Apply for a Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer Visa?

Applications for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa are made online and supported by original documentation and biometric information. It is recommended that any visa application should be prepared diligently. Visa refusal will not only disturb your plan to move to the UK but cost time, money and energy in rectifying mistakes, also it affects your immigration history too.  Our corporate immigration lawyers can assist you, and your organisation to apply your visa swiftly and cost-effectively.

What Documents Will I Need to Provide to Enter the UK via the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Route?

Supporting documentation is extremely important to any visa application.  For a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa, you will need to provide (note, this list is not exhaustive):

  • A CoS reference number
  • A bank or building society statement or letter that shows you have £945 maintained for 90 days always and al least in savings (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your sponsor can support you)
  • A current valid passport or travel document to prove you can travel
  • Proof you have been working for your employer for the required amount of time.
  • Proof from your sponsoring employer that you will be paid an appropriate salary.

What Are the Advantages of a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa?

The Intra-Company Transfer route provides enormous advantages for both the visa holders and the sponsoring company.  It means organisations based overseas can send experienced staff to the UK to work on high-value, complex projects, and train in-country staff.  Visa recipients have the opportunity to live and work in the UK and bring their family to join.

Also, you can study and do voluntary work while you are in the UK.

How A Y & J Solicitors Can Help if Your Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Application Has Been Refused?

The refusal of your Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) Visa does not attract rights of appeal, and the following legal pathways are available:

If your application for a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa is refused, our team can assist you with working out the best option for moving forward.

How A Y & J Solicitors Help with the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa applications?

We are highly experienced business immigration law firm, and we have a proven track of success in helping business and their employees with their visa applications.  Our team regularly works with multi-national corporations from around the world, assisting them with moving staff to the UK to assist with large projects.

Having extensive experience in the field, we can manage an intra-company transfer visa application from beginning to end.  With our service, it will allow your HR team to focus on servicing other parts of the organisation.  You can also be confident that by instructing us to organise UK Sponsor Licences and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visas, your company can be fully compliant with Sponsor Licence duties and responsibilities.

FAQs

The length of an intra-company transfer visa depends on the amount your employer is paying you.  If you earn over £120,000 per year, you can stay for up to nine years.  A salary of under £120,000 will allow you to remain in the UK for up to five years and one month.  Graduate trainees can remain in the UK for up to 12 months.

Unfortunately, the intra-company transfer route does not lead to a settlement.  If you wish to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, please talk to one of our lawyers about possible options of settling in the UK.

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