The GBM visa consolidates some of the existing visa routes in place together with new routes which intend to support overseas businesses with establishing a presence in or transferring staff to, the UK.
The route is split in to five subcategories below:
- Senior or Specialist Worker - For senior managers or specialist employees being assigned to a UK business linked to their employer overseas. This will replace Intra-Company Transfer route.
- Graduate Trainee - for those on a graduate training course leading to a senior management/specialist position required to do a work placement in the UK. This will replace Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route.
- UK Expansion Worker - For senior managers or specialist employees being assigned to the UK to undertake work related to a business’s expansion to the UK. This will replace the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route.
- Service Supplier – For contractual service suppliers employed by an overseas service provider and self-employed independent professionals based overseas, who need to undertake an assignment in the UK (covered by a UK trade commitment). This will replace the provisions contained in the Temporary Work – International Agreement relating to contract service suppliers.
- Secondment Worker – For those being seconded to the UK as part of a high-value contract or investment by their employer overseas. This is a new category under the immigration rules.
The GBM route is expected to open on 11th April 2022. All subcategories will be temporary routes and will be subject to various minimum skills and salary requirements. Those being sent to the UK under the GBM route will also usually need to have worked for their overseas employer for a specific period before qualifying.
Further details on the changes to the rules can be found in the Statement of Changes and Explanatory Memorandum.