UK Expansion Worker Visa - Global Business Mobility Visa

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 Workers, 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 more than 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 this visa category’s entire scope and benefits.

Application Process: Making Your Visa Journey Smooth

Applying for a UK business visa can take time and effort. With Immtell, you have a partner that simplifies the journey. From understanding the requirements and filling out the application to preparing for potential interviews, we are here to provide expert guidance.

UK Expansion Worker Visa Sponsor Licence

Before applying for a UK Expansion Worker visa, the company outside of the UK must first apply for a UK Expansion Worker visa sponsor licence from the Home Office.  Discover what this means and the process HERE

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Navigating Eligibility Criteria: A Comprehensive Look at the Requirements

To secure a Global Business Mobility Visa for Expansion Workers, specific requirements 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 £48,500, as stated on the Occupational Code (OC code), whichever is higher.
The role you intend to undertake must be considered at or above the bachelor’s degree level (RQF 6).
You must obtain sponsorship from an employer registered as a Home Office sponsor under the Global Business Mobility route.
To qualify, you must fulfil 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 developing to the UK, exempting you from the 12-month requirement.
You must have held £1,270 in savings for 28 days before 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 £298.  In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is £1,035 per year of the visa duration

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require.


At Immtell, we specialise in facilitating the Global Business Mobility Visa process, offering three distinct service packages to suit various needs and preferences.

  1. Comprehensive End-to-End Support: Our all-inclusive package provides thorough assistance throughout your Global Business Mobility Visa application. From the initial evaluation to the final submission, our team of experts ensures every detail is meticulously managed, aligning your application with the visa’s specific requirements for business professionals.
  2. Fast Track Service: Our Fast Track option guarantees quick responses within one working day, which is ideal for clients requiring rapid processing. We expedite the application submission using the Home Office Priority Service, subject to an additional fee, making this service perfect for those needing a swift solution.
  3. Application Review and Feedback: Designed for applicants who have prepared their application but desire expert oversight, this service includes a comprehensive review and detailed feedback. We focus on enhancing the strength and compliance of your application, ensuring it meets the stringent criteria of the Global Business Mobility Visa.

💡 Transparent and Customized Pricing: We provide clear and upfront pricing for each of our service packages, enabling you to make an informed decision that best suits your budget and needs.

📘 Further Information Required? Our FAQ section offers additional insights into the Global Business Mobility Visa process and addresses other common queries.

📞 Begin Your Application with Expert Guidance: Whether you need complete support, a fast-tracked service, or a professional review, our offerings are tailored to meet your specific requirements. Contact us to discuss how we can assist in making your Global Business Mobility Visa application process smooth and successful.

Immtell's Typical Professional Fees

Full Service

End to End Application Support
£ 1,700 + VAT
  • Eligibility assessment
  • CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) drafting and assigning
  • Advice on English language and TB test requirements (if applicable)
  • Application preparation and online submission
  • Appointment booking
  • Responding to queries from the Home Office
  • Review of issued documents
  • Post-arrival Biometric Residence Permit accuracy check

Fast Track

Fast Track - End to End Application Support
£ 1,900 + VAT
  • All the features of the Full Service
  • Guaranteed response to your queries within 1 working day
  • Expedited review of your documents and information
  • Speed through Home Office processing with Priority Service, subject to an additional fee. Quick, efficient, effective.
  • Review of issued documents and feedback provided within 1 working day
Best Value

Review Only

Expert Review of Your Application
£ 600 + VAT
  • Specialist review of your prepared application
  • Assess application against the relevant rules and legislations
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for improvement (if applicable)

Why Choose Immtell?

Immtell specialises 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.

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