UK Senior Specialist Worker Visa - Global Business Mobility Visa

Secure Your Future as a Senior or Specialist Worker in the UK (ICT)

UK immigration policy continues to evolve to attract global talent and enrich its workforce. The Global Business Mobility Visa for Senior or Specialist Workers represents a significant step in this direction. Designed to supersede the previous Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa route, this visa offers a streamlined process for high-ranking and specialist employees to work in the UK.

UK Global Business Mobility Visa - Senior or Specialist Worker

This visa category caters to individuals holding a senior role or possessing specialist knowledge within their organisation. As part of the changes in UK immigration law, the Senior or Specialist Worker category of the Global Business Mobility Visa has replaced the former Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) route. The visa is tailored to serve the specific needs of senior and specialist employees who aim to contribute to the UK workforce.

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Eligibility and Criteria

Applicants seeking the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Hold a senior or specialist position within the company, with knowledge and skills beneficial to the UK economy.
  2. Have an employer who will sponsor their visa application.

While holding a senior position or possessing specialist knowledge and having a sponsor is fundamental, additional nuanced requirements exist to successfully secure the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa. These detailed specifications ensure a smooth transition of global talent to the UK. Let’s delve into these specific requirements:

You must receive a minimum annual salary of £48,500 or the amount 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.
You must have been working for a linked entity of the UK sponsoring company for a minimum of 12 months at the time of application unless your gross salary and permitted allowances are at or above £73,900 when this requirement does not apply.
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.

How Immtell can Help

Immtell’s seasoned immigration consultants specialise in simplifying the UK visa application process. Our team will help you at each step, ensuring you meet all criteria and increasing the likelihood of a successful application. We provide custom services to suit your needs, delivering exceptional support throughout your visa application journey.


Senior or Specialist Worker sponsored visas are usually granted for an initial period of either up to 3 years or up to 5 years. This is usually in line with the duration indicated on UK work permit – the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned to you.

If your Senior or Specialist Worker sponsorship continues, it is possible to apply for work visa extensions from within the UK for up to a total of 5 years or 9 years, the latter applies if at the time of extension your gross salary package is a minimum of £73,900 – the current ‘high earner’ threshold.

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 Senior or Specialist Worker visa does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.  Following the maximum time permitted in the UK, you will usually be required to leave the UK.

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.

It is permitted to switch into the Senior or Specialist Worker immigration category from within the UK if you were last granted long term visa, i.e. not a short term student or visitor visa.  In all other circumstances, initial applications should be submitted from outside of the UK, either from your country of nationality or legal residence.

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 as follows:

Applying outside of the UK:

  • Visa up to 3 years duration: £719; or
  • Visa more than three years (max 5) duration: £1,420

Applying inside of the UK:

  • Visa up to 3 years duration: £827; or
  • Visa more than three years (max 5) duration: £1,636

In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is £1,035 per year for 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 – Senior or Specialist Worker 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, 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
£ 1,500 + 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
£ 1,700 + 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
£ 500 + VAT
  • Specialist review of your prepared application
  • Assess application against the relevant rules and legislations
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for improvement (if applicable)

Your Visa Journey Made Easier with Immtell

Applying for a UK visa is often a daunting process. At Immtell, we aim to make this process smoother and more understandable. Our team of experts is ready to provide personalised advice and guidance based on your specific circumstances. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in applying for the UK Global Business Mobility Visa for Senior or Specialist Workers.

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