This category was introduced on 11 April 2022, this is mainly introduced to assist overseas business to create a presence in the UK. GMB routes replaced ICT route and representative of an overseas business route.
- Senior specialist worker – (Rebranding of ICT) Salary £42400 and if you are high earner £73900, you can stay 5 years in any 6 years period and if you are high earner then 9 years in any 10 years period. No settlement allowed. The applicant must have been within the same sponsor for 12 months (unless they’re high earning at least 73,900 annually).
- Graduate Trainee route Rebranding of ICT graduate visa, and the same requirements but salary has been increased by £100 threshold to £23,100 gross per annum or 70% of the going rate, if higher. Graduate trainees are no longer permitted to undertake supplementary work. The UKVI have removed the limit of only being able to assign 20 certificate service sponsorship each year; there is no longer a limit on the number of CoS each year. Therefore, apart from a little re branding there are no other significant changes to this route.
- UK expansion worker this is the most important change in this categories (rebranding of Sole representative visa) Applicant will get 1 year visa and maximum they can stay 2 years (no settlement). Unlike the sole representative route workers seeking permission to enter the UK will need a certificate of sponsorship, therefore their sponsor will need a licence. the sponsor will need to be a brunch or wholly owned subsidiary of an established overseas business, and the business must not be trading in the UK. as the organisation won’t have the trading presence in the UK, evidence would need to include proof of the UK footprint for example an evidence of planned UK expansion and one other document from those specified in guidance.
- Service supplier – if any foreign company have a contract with UK company, then they can send they expert to help UK company, but it is not that simple. It requires a legal binding contract.
- Secondment Worker – In this route the applicant will need to be sponsored by an organisation in the UK, and the UK sponsor must have the contract with an overseas business which must have been registered with UKVI end under which the secondment worker will work.