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Recent changes to Tier 2 (ICT) Visa

Obtaining Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa (ICT) allows an applicant to relocate to the UK from an external subsidiary of a UK firm in order to begin working on an assigned project. The ICT category places a number of preconditions assigned, to which a candidate must qualify, along with minimum salary limits and and previous employment requirements.

Recently, the ICT category has undergone some adjustments. Check the latest changes to review your eligibility.

Currently there are two ICT Visa categories:

1.     The Graduate Trainee Category.
This category is for fresh international graduatesemployees who are to be relocated as part of a systematic graduate program, that specifically outlines progression in the direction of a managerial or specialist position. It is required that the candidates are recent graduates with at least 3 monthspreparation in a foreign division of the transnational.

The salary threshold for this category is £ 23.000.

2.    The Long Term Staff category.
This category is for skilled workers who are to be relocated for a period between 12 months and 5 years with the purpose of filling a position that cannot be filled regionally. It is required that the candidate must have been employed at the foreign division of the multinational for at least twelve months on a salary of minimum £41.500 (or the relevant rate).

It is possible to extend this type of visa up to nine years, given that the employee is earning of £ 120.000 or more per year.

How to apply for Tier 2 (ICT) Visa?

You must apply to UKVI for a Tier 2 ICT visa with a named employer and for a distinct, skilled position.

You must posses a valid Certificate of Sponsorship.

You must satisfy the minimum salary requirements outlined in the Standard Occupation Codes.

You must be able to support yourself in the UK.

You must meet the maintenance provision for yourself and your dependants.

How long is the processing period?

Processing time usually last between 1 and 6 weeks. Note that in some cases the processing time can take longer.

What are the recent changes made to the Tier 2 ICT visa route?

Two ICT routes have been closed. Namely the Tier 2 (ICT) Skills Transfer and the ShortTerm Staff category.
The minimum salary of £41.500 has been implemented to all ICT Visas.
The salary requirement for The Graduate Trainee classification has been reduced to £23,000 (previously stood at £24,800).
The highearners salary from the Long Term Staff classification has been reduced to £120,000
(previously stood at £155,300).
If the LongTerm Staff classification applicant is earning over £73,000, the oneyear experience requirement will be discharged.
Any LongTerm Staff classification applicant earning over £73,000 wont be required to prove previous experience at a foreign division.
A nineyear visa is available to those LongTerm employees earning over £120,000.
The number of graduates a company is allowed to hire for work in the UK has been changed from 5 to 20.

How can we help?

At Master Legal Services we will organize, consult and proof read you application to ensure maximum chances of obtaining your Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa.

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