Secondment Worker Visa

The Secondment Worker Visa allows individuals to transfer to the UK for a designated role within a distinct organization. This visa is relevant when the applicant’s overseas employer holds a substantial contract with a UK-based entity.


To be eligible for the Secondment Worker Visa:
  • You must be employed by an overseas organization. This organization should have a high-value contract approved by the Home Office with your designated UK sponsor.
  • You must have a work history of at least 12 months with your overseas employer outside the UK.
  • Your UK sponsor must provide a ‘certificate of sponsorship.’ This certificate should detail your intended work in the UK.
  • Your role in the UK must align with the list of eligible occupations specified by the visa guidelines.

These criteria ensure you have the necessary qualifications, employment background, and sponsorship for the Secondment Worker Visa.

Financial Requirements

You need a minimum of £1,270 in your bank account, which should be maintained for 28 consecutive days before your visa application. Additionally, the 28-day period must end within 31 days of your application submission. Exceptions apply if:

  • You have spent 12 months or more in the UK under a valid visa.
  • Your sponsor can cover your initial expenses up to £1,270.

If accompanied by a partner and children, they must also prove their financial sufficiency while in the UK.

How Long Can I Stay in the UK?

You are permitted to stay for the shorter of two options:
  • 12 months from the job’s start date mentioned in your certificate of sponsorship.
  • The duration indicated on your certificate plus an additional 14 days.

To extend your stay beyond this period, you can apply for a 12-month visa extension. Furthermore, the maximum stay allowed on a Secondment Worker Visa is 2 years. If you have previously spent time in the UK under a Secondment Worker Visa or any other visa category, your total stay within any 6-year period cannot exceed 5 years.

Feel free to contact us if you need any help regarding the Secondment Worker Visa application.

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