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The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long Term process is for employees transferring between commonly owned entities. It allows a maximum duration of stay in the UK of five years in total, or nine years in total for senior employees earning £120,000 or more but does not lead to settlement.
The applicant must have been employed by the sending company for a minimum of 12 months. Note that this requirement is not applicable to applicants paid £73,900 and above.
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) are not capped under the new UK quota system. However, sponsors must apply for an allocation of CoSs every year.
Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or minimum salary of £41,500, whichever is higher.
The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainee process for graduate trainees transferring between commonly owned entities and coming to the UK temporarily as part of a structured graduate training programme with progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation.
This route allows a maximum duration of stay in the UK of 12 months and must not be used to fill long term posts. The applicant must have been employed by the sending company for a minimum of three months. Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or minimum salary of £23,000, whichever is higher
The Tier 2 (General) process is for applicants who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker, and who do not qualify as intra-company transferees (ICT). After five lawful and continuous years of residence this category may lead to settlement
Each financial year, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the UK under Tier 2 (General). The cap is allocated monthly so Tier 2 (General) applications will be assessed against other applications made that month. If the cap has been reached for that month, the application will not be approved. In-country switching applications from Tier 4 and positions with annual salaries of £159,600 or above are not subject to the cap. Non-EU doctors and nurses are also excluded from the Tier 2 (General) cap.
Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or the Tier 2 General minimum of £30,000/annum - whichever is higher. However, note that due to the UK's quota system, the minimum threshold for a Tier 2 General is often far higher than the minimum of £30K.
The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange scheme is designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates to gain experience working in UK industry as an intern in a skilled temporary role. Note that the work that the intern would do should be additional to the UK entity's normal staffing requirements and that the sponsorship of this category will go through a government approved sponsor, rather than the host entity. This category may also be used for academics and researchers with some slight variations.
Applicants will be granted a maximum period of 12 months on this status and may not renew beyond this point.
Applicants travelling to the United Kingdom to undertake certain limited activities for a maximum of six months may, in some circumstances, do so under a Standard Visitor Visa status. Applicants should remain on home contract and payroll throughout the assignment and are recommended to seek expert advice if in any doubt about whether their activities qualify as "visitor" activities or not.
The applicant must not have a local contract in United Kingdom and must not receive payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence.
EEA/EFTA nationals do not require immigration documentation to live or work in the UK, unless accompanied by non-EEA/EFTA family members, but may apply for an optional EEA/EFTA Registration Certificate.
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