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Workers and Temporary Workers: sponsor a Global Business Mobility worker

Guidance for employers on how to sponsor a worker on the Global Business Mobility (GBM) routes.

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Workers and Temporary Workers: sponsor a Global Business Mobility worker

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There are 5 Global Business Mobility routes:

  • Senior or Specialist Worker: this is for senior managers or specialist employees who are being assigned by their overseas employer to a linked UK business – this route has replaced the Intra-Company Transfer route
  • Graduate Trainee: this is for employees of an overseas business who are on a graduate training programme leading to a senior management or specialist position and are required to do a work placement with a linked UK business – this route has replaced the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route
  • UK Expansion Worker: this is for senior managers or specialist employees of an overseas business who are being assigned to the UK to establish a UK branch or subsidiary of the overseas business – this has replaced the sole representative provisions of the Representative of an Overseas Business route
  • Service Supplier: this is for contractual service suppliers employed by an overseas business or self-employed independent professionals based overseas who are being assigned to the UK to provide services covered by one of the UK’s international trade agreements – this route has replaced the provisions for contractual service suppliers and independent professionals on the International Agreement route
  • Secondment Worker: this is employees of an overseas business who have been seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment

This document replaces the former ‘Sponsor an Intra-Company worker’ guidance.

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Published 11 April 2022
Last updated 24 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Guidance has been updated to remove references to obtaining an endorsement letter for the UK Expansion Worker route from another government department. Full changes detailed in the 'Changes from last version of this guidance' section.

  2. First published.