The Global Business Mobility – Graduate Trainee route was introduced on 11 April 2022 as part of an overhaul of temporary migration routes for secondment workers to the UK and to assist UK businesses through simplifying processes.
The Global Business Mobility – Graduate route replaces the Intra-Company Transfer Graduate Trainee route and is for graduate trainees working in a connected overseas office, undertaking a graduate training programme in an approved job category which will lead to a management or specialist role, for example lawyers, accountants etc. to have a placement in the UK.
It is aimed at medium to large businesses but does not exclude smaller businesses so long at they can satisfy the requirements. The UK business will need to have a Sponsorship Licence with the Graduate route in order to act as a sponsor and issue a Certificate of Sponsorship.
An applicant can apply to stay in the UK for up to 12 months but cannot extend the visa from within the UK. However, an applicant can reapply from overseas for up to 5 years within a 6-year period. The Global Business Mobility – Graduate visa allows an applicant to bring their wife, husband, civil partner or unmarried partner and children under 18 years of age to the UK.
Importantly, it allows the organisation to provide essential ongoing training and the individual exposure to the UK business working environment. However, The Global Business Mobility – Graduate visa does not lead to settlement status on its own.
An applicant must:
An applicant who has received a scholarship from a Government or International Scholarship agency in the previous 12 months, which covered payment of fees and living costs, will require approval from the appropriate body.
The Global Business Mobility – Graduate visa is points-based, and an applicant needs to score 70 points from the following categories to be successful:
The job needs to genuine and so for example needs to exist, must not be a sham or created specifically for the individual to circumvent UK immigration control.
An applicant needs to:
The processing only commences once the applicant has provided biometrics.
The application fees:
Dependants must also meet a financial requirement as follows:
The funds must be in addition to those of the main applicant.