UK Secondment Worker Visa
How to Get a UK Secondment Worker Visa?
One of the five Global Business Mobility (GBM) visas offered by the UK is the UK Secondment Worker visa.
You can apply for this visa as an overseas worker if your current employer and a qualified UK sponsor are engaged in a high-value contract or investment. The contract must have been registered with the UK Home Office.
This is a nonimmigrant visa which means that you can’t use it to apply for settled status or residency in the UK. However, you may have the option to switch to another visa once you are in the UK. Other visa options, such as the Skilled Worker visa, can eventually lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and full citizenship.
If you want to apply for this visa category, you can consult Adam Bernard’s Secondment Worker visa consultants. We are a leading UK visa consultant in Pakistan offering comprehensive advice and guidance for all UK visas and immigration routes.
What Are the Requirements for a Secondment Worker Visa UK?
You must meet a wide range of requirements to be eligible for this type of visa. These requirements apply to your age, work history, the status of your employer and your UK sponsor, and other areas.
The key requirements for a Secondment Worker Visa UK include the following:
- At least 18 years of age
- A cumulative work history of at least 1 year with your current overseas employer. If you have already received the visa and want an extension while working with the same sponsor, you don’t need to meet this requirement.
- A registered contract between your UK sponsor and employer. The net worth of this contract must be £50 million or more. The annual worth of the contract must be £10 million or more. As noted above, your UK sponsor must register the contract with the Home Office.
- Cash funds to finally support yourself for at least one month once you are in the UK. The one-month period is based on the expectation that you will start receiving your salary by the end of the first month.
- Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). This must have been issued by your UK sponsor and list relevant information about your intended job in the UK.
- Eligibility of the job you intend to undertake. The job must be on the list of eligible GBM jobs maintained by the Home Office. It must also have a skill level requirement of at least RQF Level 6.
You must meet further requirements in each of these areas. Our Secondment Worker visa consultants can help you ensure that you fulfil all the requirements when you submit your visa application. We ensure that your application is complete and accurate so that your chances of receiving a Secondment Worker visa UK are greatly improved.
We also help you meet the requirements for other types of UK visas and immigration routes, whether you are applying for a work visa, study visa, or a temporary permit.
What is RQF Level 6 Job Skill Requirement?
To be eligible for a Secondment Worker visa UK, your intended job in the UK must meet certain conditions. One such condition is that the job must be at a skill level of RQF Level 6 at least. In other words, the job must require graduate-level skills.
You are not required to have a graduate degree to apply for a job at this level. However, your background and qualifications must be suited to the nature of the job. If your skills and experience do not match the requirements of the job, the Home Office may turn down your application.
In addition to the skill level requirement, you must also prove that your intended job is a ‘Genuine Job.’ This involves showing that this job actually exists and has not been created solely to help you land a visa. You must also show that you will not engage in a paid activity for anyone other than your UK sponsor after you arrive in the UK.
As a leading UK visa consultant firm, we can help you choose a job that is eligible for a Secondment Worker visa UK and also matches your own credentials. This significantly improves your odds of successfully receiving a visa. We also help you meet employment requirements for other UK visas and immigration routes.
How to Get a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?
The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a document issued by a UK sponsor. The business or organisation that issued the CoS must be an A-rated Licensee listed with the Home Office as a sponsor.
Your CoS must not be more than three months old at the time you submit your visa application. It must also meet the following criterion:
- You must not have used the CoS in a previous visa application
- Your CoS must not have been cancelled by the Home Office of your UK sponsor
- The CoS must clearly note the high-value contract between your employer and UK sponsor, indicating that it is £50 million or more worth and has been registered with the authorities
- Your name, occupation code, and annual salary must be noted on the certificate
- The certificate should include your work history, confirming that you meet the 12-month work history requirement
The CoS is one of the most important documents used in your visa application. This is why you must ensure that your UK sponsor includes the right details on it. Our Secondment Worker visa consultants can work with you ensure that your certificate is optimised to support your application. We also help you get a CoS for other types of UK visas and immigration routes.
Overseas Work Requirements
You must have worked for a cumulative period of 12 months for your overseas employer to be eligible for a Secondment Worker visa UK. This cumulative period must not have any major breaks with the exception of sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, or adoption leave.
The overseas work requirement is to make sure that you have been with your current employer for a considerable time by the time your file for a visa.
If you have already received a Secondment Worker visa and want to reapply for the same visa, you don’t need to meet this requirement. This applies only if you are applying for a job with the same UK sponsor. If your new visa application is for a different sponsor, you will need to meet the 12-month cumulative work history requirement once again.
Adam Bernard is a leading UK visa consultant firm in Pakistan offering detailed advice and guidance. We can help you meet this requirement and ensure that you are eligible for the visa. We also advise you on how best to meet the requirements for other UK visas and immigration options.
You must have cash funds of at least £1,270 when you apply for a Secondment Worker visa. You will need to prove the availability of these funds through bank statements or other documentation. You must have held the funds for at least 28 consecutive days in the 31 days immediately before your application.
Alternatively, your UK sponsor can agree to financially support you once you arrive in the UK. This must be confirmed on your CoS. The sponsor must also prove that it has £1,270 in ready cash funds to support you.
This amount of funds reflects your expected expenses during your first month in the UK. It is based on the expectation that your employer will start paying your salary by the end of the first month.
You may have to shoulder additional financial obligations if any dependents also apply with you. You can consult a UK visa consultant at Adam Bernard to help you determine your total financial obligations for the visa. We help you meet the financial requirements for all types of UK visas and immigration routes.
What Happens After I Apply?
If your visa application is successful, you are offered a Secondment Worker Visa. The duration of this visa is either 1 year or the ending date of your job as confirmed on the CoS. The shorter period of these two is considered in defining the expiry of your visa.
If your job ending date is sooner than 1 year, your visa will expire 14 days after this date.
It is possible to seek an extension to your Secondment Worker visa. You can stay and work in the UK for another 12 months after you get an extension.
If your visa application is refused, you may have the option of applying for an appeal or a review. This depends on the reasons cited on your refusal letter sent by the Home Office.
Here at Adam Bernard, our Secondment Worker visa consultants can also help you appeal a refusal or request a review if your visa application is unsuccessful. We also help you explore your options if you face a refusal after applying for other types of UK visas and immigration routes.
Why Choose Adam Bernard’s Secondment Worker Visa Consultants?
We are a leading UK visa consultant firm in Pakistan. Our extensive experience in the domain allows us to offer tailored advice for GBM visa applications. Whether you have already applied for your visa, want to file an application, or have received a refusal, we can help you.
Our consultants work with you through every stage of the visa application process. This is done to ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and optimised for success. This helps you get a decision on your application sooner than later.
Our experts also offer advice on other UK visas and immigration routes.
Call us today at +92-304-1112026 to discuss your Secondment Worker visa UK application with our visa consultants and schedule a free session.