The Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) is generally used by multinational organisations to transfer skilled employees from an overseas office, subsidiary or sister company to fill a post in the UK which cannot be filled by a locally recruited employee.
Under the UK Tier 2 ICT visa, any multinational company wishing to transfer an employee from a foreign branch must:
There is no requirement for the employer to advertise the position under the Resident Labour Market Test requirement. However, the organisation will be required to detail the business reasons for the transfer in their application.
Note also that ICT visas are not subject to the same annual limit as other Tier 2 visas.
The categories of Tier 2 ICT visa are:
The employee is required to apply to UKVI for a Tier 2 ICT visa with a named employer and for a specific, skilled position.
Ordinarily, applicants will apply for a Tier 2 ICT from outside the UK, at an authorised overseas British outpost. Submissions are made online, and supported by original documentation and biometric information.
When applying for a Tier 2 ICT visa, all applicants will need to show that:
If the transferee’s visa is for a period of more than three years they must also satisfy English language requirements.
For the cooling off period to be exempt, the minimum salary requirement is £155,000.
We would advise applicant’s to bear in mind that ICT visas do not lead to permanent residence in the UK.