What is the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa?
The Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Visa is part of the Tier 2 Work Visa category and is designed for people who work for a company that has branches both in the UK and overseas.
This visa allows an individual to live in the UK whilst they work at their company’s branch here. The length of time you’re able to remain in the UK for depends on the type of Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa you apply for, there is a short-term and a long-term option.
Eligibility requirements for the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa
In order to be eligible for the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa, you first need to have been offered a role in your companies UK branch. Your employer will also need to act as your sponsor so they must have a valid Sponsor Licence. You must be able to prove this with a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) from your employer.
As well as this, there are other requirements that you will need to be able meet to become eligible for the Tier 2 ICT visa. These include:
- Meeting the relevant salary requirements
- Prove that you are able to support yourself financially whilst in the UK
- Showing that you’ve worked for your employer for at least 12 months
- Showing your travel history for the previous five years
Unlike other Tier 2 Visas, for Intra-Company Transfer applicants there is no need to demonstrate your knowledge of the English language.
Types of Intra-Company Transfer Visas
There are two types of Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visas, the right one for you depends on which you fit the eligibility for and how long you plan to be in the UK for. The different types of ICT visas are as follows:
Long-Term Tier 2 ICT Visa
This is for long term staff who are transferring to a UK branch of their company. This type of Tier 2 ICT visa requires you to have at least 12 months of previous experience working for your company unless your salary will be over £73,900. To be eligible for this visa, you must also earn a minimum of £41,500 per annum. You can stay in the UK for up to 9 years on this visa if you earn over £120,000 a year, or 5 years and 1 month if you earn less than this a year.
Graduate Trainee Tier 2 ICT Visa
You could be eligible for this type of ICT visa if you’ve recently graduated and had at least 3 months experience of working for your employer. You can stay in the UK for up to 12 months with the Graduate Trainee ICT Visa. To be eligible, you will also need to have a minimum salary of £23,000.
The application Process
You can apply for the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa outside the UK using the online form, and can do this up to 3 months before you intend to travel to the UK.
To start your application, you will need to fill in the online form, and you must also provide a portfolio of evidence to prove that you meet the requirements of the Tier 2 ICT visa that you’ve chosen.
Some of the information and documents you will need during the application process include:
- The certificate of sponsorship reference number
- A bank statement showing that you have the required personal savings
- A current passport or another form of valid travel document – you will also need a blank page in your passport for your visa
- Any expired passports or travel documents to show your travel history
- Your tuberculosis test results
Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll need to have your biometric information taken, this is your photo and fingerprints. If you cannot make it to one of the visa application centres in South Africa, then you’ll need to travel to another country to get this done. This is for your Biometric Residence Permit that you must collect within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
Once you’ve completed these steps you will need to wait for a decision from the UK Home Office, you should receive this within 3 weeks of submitting your application.
How can IAS help?
Here at IAS, our immigration lawyers offer assistance with a variety of UK immigration applications. They’ve helped many people with successful work visa applications, so have the knowledge and expertise to give your Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa application a high chance of success.
Whilst you can complete your application yourself, it’s highly recommended that you seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer to guide you through the complexities of the application process and ensure that your application is free from errors. Our lawyers can help you with filling the application form and will professionally check it for accuracy.
As well as assisting with applications, our lawyers offer professional and reliable immigration advice. If you’re unsure which type of Intra-Company Transfer Visa your eligible for, one of our attorneys can assess your eligibility and recommend the best option for you.
To start your application or to find out more about how our lawyers can help you, call our team today on 0333 305 3612.
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The application fee for the ICT visa varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for and how long you will be in the UK for, the current fees are as follows:
Long-Term ICT for up to 3 years – £610
Long-Term ICT for more than 3 years – £1220
Graduate Trainee ICT – £482
If you are currently in the UK you could still apply for an ICT visa by switching from your current visa, the price will vary for this. You will also need to pay the same fee for any dependents you plan to bring with you to the UK.
As well as the application fee, you will also be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge whilst you are in the UK, this currently costs £624 a year.
Unfortunately, the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain and any time you spend in the UK will not count towards the period of qualification for ILR. It is possible to qualify for ILR using another type of Tier 2 Visa such as the Tier 2 General Visa. You may be able to apply for this if you can fill a role that cannot be filled by a person currently residing in the UK.
If you would like to be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, our lawyers can advise you on the best immigration routes for you that will allow you to qualify for ILR. For more information contact them on 0333 305 3612.
You can apply to extend your ICT Visa if the original stay was less than the maximum time allowed for your visa type. If your visa has already been issued for the maximum length of stay then you will not be eligible to extend it.
However, you could apply for a Tier 2 General visa if you plan on working for a different employer in the UK. As a Tier 2 ICT visa holder, there is usually a cooling off period of 12 months required for this unless you earn over £120,000 per annum.
To find out more, speak to our lawyers on 0333 305 3612.