Senior or Specialist Worker Visa

The Senior or Specialist Worker visa allows individuals to work in the UK. This visa is for those in qualified roles within their employer’s UK branch. It replaces the former Intra-company Transfer visa, known as the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Long-term Staff visa. This visa makes it easier for skilled professionals to share their expertise in the UK, promoting cross-border collaboration and specialization.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Senior or Specialist Worker visa, applicants must:
  • Work for an organization approved by the Home Office.
  • Obtain a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from their employer, detailing the intended work in the UK.
  • Ensure the role in the UK is within the list of eligible occupations.
  • Earn a minimum annual salary of £45,800.

These requirements ensure that applicants of Senior or Specialist Worker visa have the necessary qualifications, sponsorship, and income level. Therefore, they can effectively contribute to their employer’s UK operations.

Duration of Stay

The duration of stay depends on two factors:
  • The time specified on the certificate of sponsorship plus an additional 14 days, or a maximum of 5 years, whichever is shorter.
  • The flexibility to apply for extensions or new visas multiple times within certain limits.
The maximum allowable stay is:
  • 5 years within any 6-year period if the annual salary is below £73,900.
  • 9 years within any 10-year period if the annual salary is £73,900 or higher.

Thus, this structure ensures professionals can contribute to their roles at senior or specialist levels while adhering to specific stay thresholds. If you need any help regarding your Senior or Specialist Worker Visa application, please contact us.

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