Intra Company Transfer visa (ICT)
The Intra Company Transfer visa (ICT) enables overseas workers to transfer to their organisation’s UK branch or connected entity. Long-term staff visas are for applicants transferring to a role which requires previous experience in the company and for transfers exceeding 12 months, or for applicants who have already worked for the overseas organisation for at least 12 months (unless the company pays the applicant a salary of at least £73,900).
Main requirements for the Intra Company Transfer visa
The maximum permitted stay in the UK for long-term staff earning more than £73,900 a year, including possible extensions, is 9 years. Those earning less than £73,900 a year can stay in the UK for up to 5 years and 1 month. An applicant may come to the UK 14 days before the start date on their Certificate of Sponsorship, which is a reference number that the sponsor will give to the applicant. This holds all relevant personal details and information about the job.
ICT applicants may extend their visa beyond the maximum stay without a cooling off period or they may wish to switch to a Skilled Worker visa if their employer approves. Applicants may take a second job after they have started work with their first sponsor as long as it is in the same profession or on the same level. They are allowed to do supplementary work of up to 20 hours per week, study and participate in voluntary work. If the applicant switches to a Skilled Worker visa, they may apply for settlement in the UK however their five year stay on an ICT visa will not count towards the five-year residency requirement.
Key criteria for the ICT visa
In order to apply for an ICT Visa, an applicant must be from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Furthermore, they must have been offered a role in a UK branch in the organisation that they are already working for overseas for 12 months or they earn over £73,900. Applicants need to have proof that they have worked for their employer outside the UK. Applicants must have a sponsorship certificate, be paid an appropriate salary for their work and have savings of £1,270 for 28 days in a row before applying to maintain themselves at the beginning. They must also demonstrate that they are able to travel and give proof of their travels from the past 5 years.
How can NA Law Solicitors help?
At NA Law Solicitors, we will ensure that your application is prepared with the necessary expertise and attention to detail in order to avoid refusal from the Home Office, which reviews ICT visa applications very thoroughly. We will assist you and give guidance with a successful outcome in mind. We can also help with the Sponsorship Licence application process, sponsor duties, applying for a COS application, the genuine vacancy test, and sponsorship licence application renewal process. Please get in touch for an initial assessment.