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Expansion Worker Visa in the UK

On April 11, 2022, the UK Home Office officially launched the UK Expansion Worker Visa as a replacement for the Sole Representative Visa. This visa is applicable for overseas companies looking to establish a branch office in the UK and send employees to work there. It falls under the category of a short-term work visa, initially issued for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

To be eligible, certain prerequisites must be met, including registering a UK company and leasing physical office space. However, the company should not engage in actual business activities. The UK company will apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship to guarantee the applicant's visa application. Compared to the previous Sole Representative Visa, language requirements have been removed, and the direct pathway to permanent residency has been eliminated. However, it is possible to switch to a Skilled Worker Visa to apply for permanent residency at a later stage. Spouses and dependent children who meet the requirements can apply for a dependant visa.

UK Expansion Worker Visa Application Requirements

1. The applicant must be at least 18 years old

2. The applicant should have a minimum of one year of managerial experience

3. If the applicant and spouse are not major shareholders of the company, holding company shares is not required. If shares are held, the combined shareholding of the couple should not exceed 30%

4. The applicant should have been employed by the overseas company for at least one year and have an annual salary of at least £42,400

5. Maintenance funds: The applicant must demonstrate personal savings with a minimum balance of £1,270 in their bank account for 28 consecutive days within the past month

6. The applicant must provide a clear criminal record certificate and be free from tuberculosis


7. Accompanying dependents:

   (1) Spouse 

   (2) Children under 18 years of age, as well as children over 18 years of age living in the UK and financially dependent on the main applicant

Requirements for the overseas company (parent company):

1. The parent company should have been established for at least three years and have overseas business operations

2. The annual turnover in the past year should be at least £5 million

Requirements for the UK subsidiary company:

1. The subsidiary company must be registered and hold a valid business license

2. The subsidiary company should have a genuine physical office

3. The subsidiary company should not have engaged in any business transactions

4. The subsidiary company should possess a Certificate of Sponsorship (A-Rating)

UK Expansion Worker Visa Renewal Conditions

1. The applicant must still be employed in the same position by the UK subsidiary company

2. The applicant must still be employed by the same employer

3. The total duration of stay in the UK has not reached the maximum period allowed (2 years)

4. The applicant must have maintained a clean criminal record during their stay in the UK


Renewal Period: One year

UK Expansion Worker Visa Application Process

Contract Signing and Activation

Sign the contract to initiate the application process. Receive the application document checklist and information collection form, along with an explanation of the required documents and important considerations

Business Plan Writing

Conduct research and analysis on the business prospects of the parent company and the UK market. Predict the investment and revenue outcomes for the UK subsidiary company and draft a business plan

Online Visa Application and Submission

Assist clients in completing the online visa application and schedule an appointment for in-person submission. Provide guidance and instructions before the submission, and all applicants must personally visit the visa center to submit their documents

Pre-Application Communication and Document Collection

Communicate with clients promptly upon receiving the information collection form to discuss the business venture. Confirm the direction and positioning of core documents during this stage

Establish UK Company and Sponsor Application

Assist clients in registering and establishing the UK subsidiary company while applying for sponsorship qualification. Obtain the Certificate of Sponsorship for employer sponsorship

Approval Granted

The processing period after submission is approximately 3 weeks

Document Preparation

Follow the guidelines of reviewing documents before production and coordinate the preparation process based on document requirements and the required timeframe

Document Organization and Review

Cross-check and review each stage of document preparation. The project director conducts the final review before submitting the application to ensure accuracy

Why did choose Globevisa for its work visa expansion in the UK?

Perfect product line makes you worry-free

It has opened more than 200 projects covering venture capital immigration, skilled immigration, passports, visa services, overseas education and overseas real estate, company registration, bank account opening, pension reunion and childbirth, identity renewal, etc., covering more than 40 countries and regions. With a complete vertical product line, tailor-made overseas plans for you.

​ The project development team makes you feel at ease

Globevisa Go Abroad International Project Development Center is composed of more than 100 people from more than 20 countries around the world, including professional business experts and investment experts. It always adheres to the principle of taking the law as the foundation, taking safety, effectiveness and risk as the principle, and taking project safety as the benchmark to do our best. Efforts are made to ensure the security of customer assets and identity acquisition, so that customers can rest assured.

Online service allows you to communicate without worry

Globevisa Overseas provides customers with a VIP member center system, online query of project progress and cost details, which is convenient and fast. Independent research and development of IM customer communication APP, using advanced data encryption technology. Protect customer privacy throughout the process. Exclusive consultant one-on-one service, private conversation, encrypted group chat. Safety first, privacy first.

Good relationship allows you to submit worry-free

In order to enable customers to obtain immigration information in a more timely manner, Globevisa Overseas has maintained good relations with governments, embassies, overseas banks, funds, etc. for a long time. Our professionalism and credibility have been praised by many overseas governments. At the same time, government officials also Went to Global China many times to have one-on-one in-depth exchanges with our customers.

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