Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visas

The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa is intended to enable workers who are based overseas to transfer temporarily to the organisation's UK branch or connected entity.

Multinational organisations use this visa route to transfer skilled employees from an overseas office, subsidiary or sister company to fill a post in the UK that a locally recruited employee cannot fill. 

Our solicitors are specialists in assisting our clients through the sponsorship licence application process and advising on their compliance duties.

We support employees who wish to apply to enter Britain on the intra-company transfer route so they can work on special projects, further their careers, and have a chance to live in Britain for a period of time.

Types of Visas

There are two types of visas under Tier 2 ICT, one for long term staff and one for graduate trainees.

To qualify, you must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor. You will also need to earn a certain amount of money, have savings and pay a fee

Long-term staff– this is for the transfer of skilled workforce for a period of between 12 months and 5 years where the job post cannot be filled by local talent.

Graduate trainee – for specialist roles on a graduate trainee program. Transferees must be recent graduates with at least three months experience in a foreign branch of the multinational

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

To qualify for a Tier 2 ICT Visa, the applicant will need to possess the following:

  • A valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an employer with a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence
  • An ‘appropriate salary’ for your job
  • Do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
  • Personal savings of £945 so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK Tuberculosis test results (if applicable)
  • Proof you have worked for your employer outside the UK
  • English language qualifications (if the transferee’s visa is for more than three years)

An appropriate salary is a minimum salary required for the type of visa you are applying for or the appropriate rate for your job type, whichever is higher. The minimum salary for long-term staff is £41,500. Graduate trainees must be paid a minimum of £23,000.

Length and conditions of stay in the UK

Applicants are permitted to do the following:

  • Bring family members to the UK as dependants
  • Have a second job in the same profession and at the same level as their
  • Main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • Study, as long as it does not interfere with the job they are sponsored for Travel abroad and return to the UK
  • Volunteer
  • Work for the sponsor in the job described in the certificate of sponsorship

Applicants cannot:

  • Receive public funds
  • Start working before they get a visa

Applicants can come to the UK with a Tier 2 ICT visa for up to the maximum stay allowed for their visa type, or the time given on their certificate of sponsorship, whichever is shorter.

The maximum stay for each type of Tier 2 ICT visa is:

  • Long-term Staff (if earning more than £120,000 a year): 9 years
  • Long-term Staff (if earning less than £120,000 a year): 5 years, 1 month
  • Graduate Trainee: 12 months

Indefinite Leave to Remain

The Tier 2 ICT visa is no longer a route leading to Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. However, some individuals may be eligible to apply due to the amount of time they have spent in the UK and our experts can provide specific advice based on your individual circumstances.

What Are the Advantages?

This visa provides substantial advantages for both the visa holders and the sponsoring company. It allows businesses that are based overseas to send their experienced staff to the UK to work on high-value and complex projects where there is no suitably skilled local talent. 

Visa recipients also can live and work in the UK and bring their dependant families to join them.


What If My Application is Refused?

You must take advice and submit a strong application the first time, as the refusal of your Tier 2 ICT Visa does not attract rights of appeal. 

You can only resubmit a new application if there has been a simple case working error or the supporting evidence has not been considered properly. We can apply for a ‘pre-licence error correction’ on your organisation’s behalf.

The only option then is to challenge the decision via an administrative review or judicial review.

Our team can expertly advise and represent you in challenging a decision.

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Our Expertise

Our specialist Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your visa application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed.

Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of visa applications.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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