Sponsored employee: applying under the Intra-Company routes
Produced in partnership with Kate Gamester of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Kate Gamester of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sponsored employee: applying under the Intra-Company routes
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Eligibility (points-based)
  • Eligibility—entry clearance only
  • Entry clearance and TB screening
  • Financial requirement
  • 12 months previous permission
  • Sponsor certification
  • Evidence of funds
  • English-language requirement
  • More...

Sponsored employee: applying under the Intra-Company routes

The Intra-Company routes enable businesses with linked entities overseas to transfer certain employees to work in their UK offices. There are two routes:

  1. Intra-Company Transfer, and

  2. Intra-Company Graduate Trainee

From 1 January 2021 these routes apply to EEA and Swiss nationals who are not eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as non-EEA nationals.

The Practice Note: Sponsoring an employee under the Intra-Company routes looks at the eligibility aspects which relate to the issue of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by the sponsor, including the skill level, salary and the requirement for the applicant to be employed overseas for a minimum period. This Practice Note examines the following aspects of the application which relate to the applicant:

  1. eligibility, including the financial, validity and suitability requirements

  2. period and conditions of permission, including the maximum length of assignment requirement

  3. dependants, and

  4. application procedure

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Appendix Intra-Company Routes
Immigration Rules Appendix Finance
Home Office guidanceWorkers and Temporary Workers Sponsor Guidance, Sponsor an Intra Company Worker
Intra-Company routes caseworker guidance
Financial requirement caseworker guidance
Dependent family members in work routes caseworker guidance
Home Office Intra-Company routes visa information tool [includes relevant fees, and links to online forms]Intra-Company visas
Forms (main applicant)Intra-Company Transfer and Graduate Trainee visa:Entry clearance online form
Intra-Company Transfer and Graduate Trainee visa: Permission
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