New immigration routes to the UK

30Mar

The UK government has announced wide-ranging changes to the UK Immigration Rules in the Statement of Changes, including the launch of the new Global Business Mobility routes, High Potential Individual route, and the Scale-up route. These changes will be implemented between April 11, 2022 and August 22, 2022.

Graduate Trainee route

Effective from: 11 April 2022

Summary of changes:   This route is primarily there to replace the Intra Company Graduate Trainee route currently used by UK sponsors. It is designed for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is on a graduate training course leading to a senior management or specialist position, and is required to complete a work placement in the UK.

the route adopts much of the same requirements as the previous Intra Company Graduate Trainee route and, as such, it is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18.

Applicants will be required to obtain 60 points.

Senior or Specialist Worker

Effective from: 11 April 2022

Summary of changes: This route is primarily introduced to replace the current Intra Company route. It is to permit UK sponsors to sponsor overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is a senior manager or specialist employee and is being assigned to a UK business linked to their employer overseas.

The route follows much of the same requirements as the previous Intra Company route and it is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18.

Applicants will be required to obtain 60 

Secondment Worker

Effective from: 11 April 2022

Summary of changes: This route is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is being seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas. This is a new immigration route, for which sponsors will need to be authorised, and cannot be used to supply resources to vacant roles for third parties. Nor can this route be used to fill an ongoing routine role or to provide an ongoing routine service for third parties, regardless of the nature or length of any arrangement between the sponsor and the third party.

This route shall be offered to applicants who are coming to work in the UK on select contracts. It is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18. It is expected that “high value contract or investment” are terms that will be defined once Home Office guidance for the new route is published.

Global Business Mobility – Service Supplier

Effective from: 11 April 2022

Summary of changes: This new route, to replace the Temporary Work – International Agreement route, is for overseas workers wishing to undertake temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker for at least a cumulative period of 12 months prior to applying is either a contractual service supplier employed by an overseas service provider, or a self-employed independent professional based overseas, and they need to undertake an assignment in the UK to provide services covered by one of the UK’s international trade agreements. It is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18.

Applicants will be required to obtain 40 points

Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker

Effective from: 11 April 2022

Summary of changes: This new route, to replace the Sole Representative provisions in the Representative of an Overseas Business route, is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary work assignments in the UK, where the worker is a senior manager or specialist employee, and is being assigned to the UK to undertake work related to a business’s expansion to the UK. The business cannot have already commenced trading in the UK. It is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18.

Applicants will be required to obtain 60 points

Appendix High Potential Individual (HPI)

Effective from: 0900 on 30 May 2022

Summary of changes: As part of the UK government’s commitment to “an elite points-based route to attract the brightest and best to the UK to maintain our status as a leading international hub for emerging technologies”, this new route is for recent graduates of top global universities, who want to work, or look for work in the UK, following the successful completion of an eligible course of study equivalent to UK bachelor’s degree level or above. The study must have been with an institution listed on the Global Universities List, to be compiled on an annual basis and consists of eligible non-UK institutions that are included in the list of the top 50 universities in at least two of the following ranking systems:

  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings
  • The Academic Ranking of World Universities

It is not a route to settlement, but applicants can bring their dependant partner and children under the age of 18.

Applicants will be required to obtain 70 points

Expansion and updates to the Seasonal Worker Route

Effective from: 6 April 2022

Summary of changes: This route is to be revised as follows:

  • expanded to include roles in ornamental horticulture (including, but not limited to, growing daffodils, Christmas trees, and also forest nursery workers);
  • establishing a new minimum hourly pay requirement of at least £10.10 per hour; and
  • removal of all references to poultry production work, haulage driving work involving transportation of food goods, or specified pork butchery work

 

 

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