Expansion Worker Visa UK

UK Visas and Immigration Solutions | Expansion Worker Visa UK

The Expansion worker visa allows employees and owners of overseas businesses to enter in order to
establish a branch.
This route allows you to switch to a permanent visa route called the Skilled worker visa once you are
in the UK. This visa leads to indefinite status and a British Passport.
There are two visas to this process which give you a clear route to settlement:

  1. A. The Expansion Worker visa from outside the UK, and
  2. B. A switch to the Permanent Skilled worker visa once you are inside the UK (optional)

    A)   Expansion Worker Visa

    The visa requires that you establish the first commercial presence of the company inside the UK,  by opening a registered branch or subsidiary company in the UK.

    There are two steps to this part of the visa, firstly we must apply for an Expansion Worker visa licence on behalf of the company, once this is granted we move to the second step which is to apply for your Expansion worker visa.

    i)   Requirements for the parent company:

    1. The company must be registered outside of the UK and be actively trading for 3 years or more.   
    2. The company must not already have another representative, branch or subsidiary established inside the UK – the headquarters of the company and their principle base must be overseas. 
    3. The registered branch or subsidiary company must operate the same type of business activity as the parent company abroad. 
    4. The business must not intend to cease trading outside of the UK. A successful branch or subsidiary which outperforms the overseas business is allowed, as long as the parent company is still trading overseas.

    ii)    Requirements for the employee: 

    We will assist in preparing documents to evidence your employment, experience and relevant track record in order to demonstrate why you have been appointed by the company as a sole representative in the UK.

    The Fees for this process are:

    Our fee:
    1. Company registration, Business plan and Licence application – £5500
    2. Visa application £3500
    Government Fees:
    1. Company registration cost – £40
    2. Licence application fee – £536
    3. COS Assinghment fee – £199
    4. Visa fee – £259 per person
    5. Health Surcharge – £624 per person

    Provided you meet the above requirements you will be granted residency for an initial period of 1 year.

    B)  Extension/Switching to the Skilled Worker Visa

    You can receive an extension of the Expansion worker for a further 1 year, if required.

    Once you have arrived in the UK we will help you obtain a Skilled Worker sponsorship licence for the UK branch. This will allow the UK branch to switch you to a long term Skilled worker visa which leads to settlement after 5 years.

    In order to qualify the company must have:

    You need to have:

    We will assist you and the company to obtain all the relevant documents for the Skilled worker licence and visa application. Once the visa is granted you will have a 5 year permanent visa as a sponsored employee.

    Subsequently you will be eligible for indefinite leave to remain after 5 years point providing you are still employed by the company and you have spent at least 185 days in the UK in every 12 month period.

    If you wish to switch to the Skilled worker visa we can do so for the following fees:

    Government Fees:

    COS assinghment Fee; £199 (main applicant only)

    Skills Surcharge £1820 for a 5 year visa (main applicant only)

    Health Care Surcharge: £3120 for 5 year visa (per adult) or £2350 (per child) – 5 year coverage

    Visa fee: £1423 per person – 5 year visa

    Our fees:

    Skilled Worker licence application £3400

    Skilled worker visa – £3000

    What are the stages until settlement?

    Stage 1: Register a UK company

    Stage 2: Expansion Worker Sponsor Licence application from outside the UK

    Stage 3: Expansion Worker visa application from outside the UK (1 + 1 years)

    Stage 4: Skilled Worker Tier added to Expansion worker licence once you arrive in the UK

    Stage 5: Skilled Worker visa application made from inside the UK (5 year visa)

    Stage 6: Eligibility for ILR after 5 years. For the main applicant and dependents.

    There is no specific requirement to apply for a British Passport,  many applicants choose to stay with ILR with no ill effects.

    Stage 7: British Nationality and Passport after an additional year for the main applicants and dependents.


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