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Global Business Mobility – Expansion Worker

In an attempt to bring more foreign talents and businesses to the country, the UK's government has introduced some new immigration routes in recent times. Global Business Mobility is one such new visa route. Global Business Mobility is one among various sponsored routes for overseas businesses seeking to establish their presence in the UK or to send their staff to the UK for specific business purposes. This new visa route has opened for applicants from 11 April 2022. On 15 March 2022 statement of changes to the new routes, including Global Business Mobility, was announced. The Global Business Mobility route has five subcategories.  

  • Senior or Specialist Worker route  

  • Graduate Trainee route  

  • UK Expansion Worker route  

  • Service Supplier route  

  • Secondment Worker route  

There are various eligibility requirements for each of these subcategories of the Global Business Mobility route, including a financial need and, where applicable, the provision of a valid tuberculosis certificate.  

UK Expansion Worker Route  

The Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker route allows overseas workers to undertake temporary work assignments in the UK. The worker should be a senior manager or specialist team member and be assigned to work for the business expansion in the UK.   

This route is only for businesses that have not yet begun trading in the UK. A dependent partner and dependent children can apply to come to the UK on this route.  

However, this route is not a route to settlement.  

Eligibility requirements   

Here are the eligibility requirements for Business Mobility Scheme – UK Expansion Worker  

  • The applicant must apply and obtain entry clearance as a UK Expansion Worker before arriving in the UK.  

  • The applicant must be awarded 60 points. Points can be obtained as per the following:  

A. The applicant must have a certificate of sponsorship from a sponsor (the sponsor must be one authorized by the Home Office in the UK, and the sponsor must be listed as A-rated on the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors – 20 points  

B. The applicant must be offered a job at an appropriate skill level (the job offered must be in an occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations that is identified as eligible for the Global Business Mobility routes) – 20 points  

C. The applicant must be offered a salary of at least the general salary requirement of £42,400 per year or the ‘going rate’ for that job, whichever is higher – 20 points    

  • The applicant must be currently working for the sponsor group and have worked for that group outside the UK for a period of at least 12 months unless they’ll be working either  

  1. in the UK as a high earner or   

  2. as a Japanese national seeking to establish a UK branch or subsidiary under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 


  • The applicant must be able to meet the financial requirement if they are applying for entry clearance or have been living in the UK for less than 12 months. To meet this, they must have held funds of at least £1,270 for at least 28 days, as set in the Appendix Finance.  

  • The applicant applying for entry clearance as a UK Expansion Worker must if paragraph A39 and Appendix T of these rules use provide a valid medical certificate confirming that they have undergone screening for active pulmonary tuberculosis and have no tuberculosis are not present in them. 

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