Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)


The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa category is for existing employees of multinational employers who need to be transferred to their UK branch for training purposes or to fill a specific vacancy. You will need to have an offer of employment in the UK from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor before applying for a visa and the overseas employer must be linked by common ownership or control to the UK branch.

There are currently two open sub-categories of the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa: Long-term Staff and Graduate Trainee. If you are applying in the Long-term Staff subcategory then you must have worked for your employer overseas for at least 12 months, unless you will earn £73,900 or more in the UK.

If you are applying in the Graduate Trainee subcategory then you will need to show that the role you are applying for is part of a structured graduate training programme, with clearly defined progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation. Each Sponsor can only sponsor 20 people in this category per year.

You will need to show that you have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License. The organisation you are transferring from must be listed as a linked entity on your Sponsor’s licence.

Dependants, spouse or partner and/or children of Tier 2 (ICT) migrants may join or remain with them in the UK as dependants. Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions.

Leave to remain in this category may be extended to total periodof either five or nine years depending on salary level. With a few exceptions, time spent as a Tier 2 (ICT) migrant does not lead to settlement.

We work with businesses of all sizes to ensure a smooth transition of overseas employees to positions in the UK. From working with the employer, to assigning the necessary Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and managing the employee’s application process, we provide high-level service to ensure the best possible outcome.

Our solicitors have substantial experience and broad knowledge of the complex rules regarding Tier 2 General and sponsor license applications and we assist clients from the planning phase through to the employee’s arrival in the UK. Accordingly, please do not hesitate to get in touch for expert advice if you require assistance in understanding these requirements and if you would like to know more about how to apply.