United Kingdom Expansion Worker Visa

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Application for a United Kingdom Expansion Worker Visa

A UK expansion worker visa allows you to come to the UK to set up a branch of a business that isn’t trading in the UK yet.

To qualify and apply for the Expansion Worker Visa, you must

  • Have a valid sponsorship certificate from your employer
  • You must have worked for your employer outside the United Kingdom
  • Do a job that’s on the eligible occupations list
  • You must be paid at least the minimum eligible salary required for your job

United Kingdom Expansion Worker Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation

You must supply the following forms and documents

  • Your certificate of sponsorship’s reference number
  • A valid passport or another document that proves your identity and nationality
  • Your job title and annual salary
  • Your job’s occupation code
  • Your employer’s name and sponsor licence number
  • Proof you have sufficient personal savings to support yourself in the UK
  • Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country

You might also need to provide the following

  • Evidence you’ve worked for your employer outside the UK
  • A valid ATAS certificate, if necessary
  • Proof you’ve worked for the company for the past 12 months

How to Apply for a United Kingdom Expansion Worker Visa

You must apply for the visa online.

The precise steps depend on whether you’re

  • Outside the UK and entering the country
  • Inside the UK and extending your current visa
  • Inside the UK and switching from a different visa

You can add your partner and children to the application if they are eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions

An Expansion Worker Visa allows you to stay in the UK for one year or the time stipulated on the sponsorship certificate plus 14 days.

After this period, you can apply for a visa extension.
The maximum time you can stay in the United Kingdom is two years.

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