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Broaden Your Horizons:  Secure a UK Global Business Mobility Visa as an Expansion Worker

Are you eyeing the UK market for your next business expansion? With the Global Business Mobility Visa for Expansion Worker, the door to this thriving economy is wide open. Designed to facilitate overseas businesses looking to establish a presence in the UK, this visa category offers an advantageous gateway to tap into the rich, diverse market that the UK provides.

Understanding the Visa: Scope and Benefits

The Global Business Mobility Visa for Expansion Workers is not just a ticket to the UK market. It’s an opportunity to introduce your successful business model to a new audience, benefit from the country’s robust business infrastructure, and forge valuable connections. Immtell can guide you in understanding the full scope and benefits of this visa category.

Application Process: Making Your Visa Journey Smooth

The process of applying for a UK business visa can appear daunting. With Immtell, you have a partner that simplifies the journey. From understanding the requirements, filling in the application, to preparing for potential interviews – we are here to provide expert guidance.

UK Expansion Worker visa

Navigating Eligibility Criteria: A Comprehensive Look at the Requirements

To secure a Global Business Mobility Visa for Expansion Workers, there are specific requirements that need to be met. These prerequisites are in place to ensure that the visa reaches businesses genuinely planning to expand their operations to the UK.

You must receive a minimum annual salary of £45,800, or the amount as stated on the Occupational Code (OC code), whichever is higher
The role you intend to undertake must be considered as at or above bachelor’s degree level (RQF 6)
You must obtain sponsorship from an employer registered as Home Office sponsor under the Global Business Mobility route
To qualify, you must fulfill one of the following criteria: have a minimum 12-month employment history with a linked entity of the UK sponsoring company, unless your gross salary and permitted allowances exceed £73,900; be a Japanese national working for a Japanese company expanding to the UK; or be an Australian national or permanent resident employed by an Australian company expanding to the UK, exempting you from the 12-month requirement
You must have held £1,270 in savings for 28 days prior to the date of application, or an A-Rated Home Office sponsor may certify that they will provide this on the CoS. Further funds must be held for each dependant family member applying


Expansion Worker sponsored visas are usually granted for an initial period of either up to 12 months.  This is usually in line with the duration indicated on UK work permit – the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned to you.

If your Expansion Worker sponsorship continues, it is possible to apply for work visa extensions from within the UK for up to a total o 2 years. 

It is possible to apply to switch visa category from within the UK into this visa type, if you are not currently in the UK holding one of the following visa types:

  • Visitor visa
  • Short-Term Student visa
  • Parent of a Child visa
  • Seasonal Worker visa
  • Domestic Worker visa
  • Any Discretionary visa


Please however note that you may still need to meet the requirement to have worked for your employer outside of the UK for the required period, unless exempt. 

Unfortunately the Expansion Worker visa does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) / Settlement. 

Spouses or partners and children under the age of 18 may apply for visas to accompany you to the UK as your ‘dependants’.  Your spouse or partner should be permitted to work.

UKVI aim to process visas as follows:

Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

  • Standard processing: 15 working days
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working days

Visa applications submitted inside the UK:

  • Standard processing: 8 weeks
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working day


Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available at the time of application.

The UKVI application fee is £259.  In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which is £624 per year of the visa duration

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  1. Partner with Immtell: Why Choose Us?

Immtell specializes in offering bespoke legal assistance that simplifies the UK immigration process. With our comprehensive knowledge of UK visas and immigration rules, we help you navigate the application process with confidence and clarity.