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What is the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa

On 11 April 2022, the UK Government introduced the UK Global Mobility Visa aimed at providing overseas businesses new ways to bring staff to the United Kingdom. The Senior or Specialist Worker visa is for management level employees or for workers with specialist skills. This particular route is opened to workers who:

  • Have a Sponsor in the UK
  • Foreign based Company must have common ownership
  • Must have been employed by the foreign based Company for more than 12 months or earn at least £73,900
  • Be on the list of eligible occupations

UK Immigration law is complex and difficult to navigate through. As part of the Application, your UK employer will have set a Start Date for your employment to begin here in the UK. Cranbrook Legal can assist you by ensuring a successful visa application, especially when a new visa has been introduced so there is little online guidance to help you.

Cranbrook Legal offers an unrivalled and cost efficient process of preparing your Visa Application in order for you to come and work in the UK. We hand hold you through the Visa application process and ensure that you have the correct documents and guide you through the online visa application form.

Cranbrook Legal is a world renowned UK immigration law firm and has a reputation for being professional, determined and responsive when dealing with Clients.

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Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Requirements

You must be able to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Currently employed by a Business who is linked to a UK Company by way of common ownership or by joint venture
  • You have been employed by your Company for a minimum period of 12 months or are a high earner earning £73,900 per year
  • Been issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by your UK Sponsor
  • Your job is listed on the eligible occupation list
  • Your UK job must pay you a minimum of £42,400 and the ‘going rate’
  • Have enough funds to satisfy the maintenance requirement
  • Provide a valid TB Test Certificate

What Documents are needed for a Senior or Specialist Worker Visa?

Below are the type of documents that would be needed for a Senior or Specialist Worker Visa. The list is not definitive as you may need more documents depending on your job role. You should therefore look to provide the following:

  • Passport
  • Employment Contract
  • Payslips
  • Evidence of Co-Ownership between the Companies
  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Draft Employment Contract with UK Company
  • Personal Bank Statements
  • TB Test Certificate

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How Cranbrook Legal can help you with your Senior or Specialist Worker Visa?

  • We advise you on the legal requirements for the Visa
  • We provide you with a bespoke documents list
  • We liaise with your employer to get the right documents from them
  • We work with you to understand your employment history
  • We prepare strong legal representations for your Visa Application
  • We advise on future Extension and Settlement applications
  • You will be advised by a UK qualified Solicitor, fully regulated by the SRA

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Senior or Specialist Worker FAQ’s

1. How much does it cost?

The Home Office fee ranges from £625 up to £1423 depending on your circumstances. You will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (HIS) which is £624 per year of the Visa applied for. Both these fees are paid at the time the Application is submitted. Please contact us for a quote for our professional fees.

You will need to show that you have £1,270 in your bank account in order to support the maintenance requirement for your application. You will need to hold this money for at least 28 continuous days and has to be within 31 days of submitting your application.

You can ask your employer to help by certifying your maintenance. Your employer will confirm that they will support you financially for your first few months in the UK if you need their help.

Yes, they can also apply to join you in the UK as your dependents. They will need to apply for a Dependents Visa but they will need to satisfy the requirements for the Visa. Your Partner can include a Spouse, Civil Partner or an Unmarried Partner (Living together for two years). Children must be under the age of 18.

You will need to show that they have access to

  • £285 for your Partner
  • £315 for your child
  • £200 for each other child

Yes, but only if your additional job is the same role that you are being sponsored for. You are allowed to work an additional 20 hours a week.

This will depend on what Visa you are currently residing in the UK with. You cannot switch into this Visa if you are living in the UK with the following types of Visas:

  • Visit Visa
  • Short-term Student Visa
  • Parent of a Child Visa
  • Seasonal Worker Visa
  • Domestic Worker Visa
  • Discretionary type Visa

Unfortunately you cannot.

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