Expansion Worker Visa

The Expansion Worker Visa is a route for overseas businesses to bring senior managers and specialised employees to the UK to set up new branches or subsidiaries. In this article, we explore the key features of the Expansion Worker Visa. This visa aims to promote cross-border collaboration. It plays a crucial role in driving economic growth.


The eligibility requirement for the Expansion Worker Visa includes a valid certificate of sponsorship from the employer, meeting English language requirements, and demonstrating the ability to financially support oneself and dependents during the stay. In addition, you must be coming to the UK to set up a new branch or subsidiary of your employer’s business, you must be a senior manager or specialist employee of an overseas business and the job title must be on the list of eligible occupations. This pathway underscores the UK’s commitment to facilitating international business growth and fostering strategic expansion for businesses. 

Financial Requirement

You must be paid at least £45,800 per year. Additionally, a minimum of 12 months’ employment with the overseas employer is necessary, except if the salary exceeds £73,900 annually. It is important to understand the rules, as the process is complex and can lead to a refusal. 

How long can I stay in the UK? 

Your stay duration depends on whichever is shorter between 12 months after the job’s start date on your certificate of sponsorship or the time specified on the certificate plus 14 days. If you wish to prolong your stay, a 12-month visa extension is possible. The maximum period you can remain in the UK under the UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years. However, if you have previously stayed in the UK under specific visas, such as those listed, your ability to stay on a UK Expansion Worker visa may be limited to a maximum of 5 years within any 6-year period. 

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