The Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer immigration category is the ideal route for employees of multi-national companies to work in the UK, whether for longer periods or short term assignments. This route does not lead to permanent residence in the UK, but offer many other advantages.
The UK immigration rules are getting stricter every year, making it more difficult for persons looking for ways to live and work in the UK, and hoping to gain overseas work experience. Fortunately, there are still some ways to gain access to the UK labour market. One of these is through the Tier 2 Intra-Company transfer visa.
The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa is available to South Africans (and other non-EEA citizens) whose employers have offered them a role in the UK branch of the organisation.
In order to qualify the applicant will have to obtain a Certificate of Sponsor from the licenced employer, and show that they have the 70 points to qualify under the criteria for this scheme. The points will include points related to the Certificate of Sponsorship, which will be issued to them by the prospective UK employer to fill a qualifying job. Two control tests are included as well, namely a maintenance requirement and an English language ability test.
There are four types of ICT visas, all differing in length and with different qualification criteria.
The long-term staff sub-category can be issued for a period of between 1 and 9 years. The applicant will have to earn at least £41,500, or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the role, whichever is the higher. For a maximum stay of 9 years, the applicant will have to earn more than £155,300 per year. In cases where the applicant earns less than £155,300 per year, the maximum stay is 5 years and 1 month. The applicant must have worked for the employer overseas for longer than 1 year, in order to qualify to apply.
The short-term staff sub-category can be issued for a maximum stay of 12 months, and the applicant will have to earn at least £24,800, or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the role, whichever is the higher. The applicant must have worked for the employer overseas for longer than 1 year, in order to qualify to apply.
The graduate trainee sub-category is only for specialist roles, and for a maximum stay of 12 months. The applicant will have to earn at least £24,800, or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the role, whichever is the higher. The applicant must be a recent graduate with at least 3 months’ experience with the overseas employer.
The skills transfer sub-category allows applicants to gain skills and knowledge at the UK branch to perform their roles overseas, or to pass on their skills to their colleagues at the UK branch of the organisation. The applicant will have to earn at least £24,800, or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the role, whichever is the higher. The maximum stay under this sub-category is for 6 months. There is no requirement in terms of the length of time the applicant needed to have worked for the employer, before being able to apply.
Although this sub-category does not lead to permanent residence in the UK, it does offer many other advantages, including the fact that the spouse /civil partner or unmarried partner and dependent children can join the holder of the Tier 2 ICT visa in the UK. This immigration sub-category is also exempt from the UK health surcharge – a huge financial benefit.
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