How to apply for a Service Supplier visa?

Migrants who are employees of an overseas company or are self-employed professionals based overseas, might be able to apply for a Service Supplier visa in order to provide services for a UK company under a contract that is covered by a valid international trade agreement.

Please note that the Service Supplier visa category does not lead to Settlement.

Requirements of the Service Supplier visa application

To qualify for a Service Supplier visa under the Global Business Mobility scheme, individuals will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are aged 18 or over;
  • You are an employee of an overseas business, or a self-employed service provider based overseas;
  • You are providing a service to a UK business under a contract that is covered by a valid international trade agreement;
  • You are providing a service to a UK business that has been approved as a sponsor by the Home Office;
  • You have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your UK sponsor;
  • You are sponsored for a job which is on the list of eligible occupations, and the job is genuine;
  • The job you are planning to do is skilled to at least RQF Level 6 or you have a bachelor’s degree or higher and 3 to 6 years professional experience (if self-employed);
  • You have worked for your employer for at least 12 months outside the UK, or have at least 12 months’ professional experience if you’re a self-employed service provider;
  • You have sufficient funds to maintain yourself in the UK without applying for any public funds;
  • You will be able to meet the TB Test requirement, if applicable;
  • Nationality requirement.

If the application is approved, the migrant will normally be granted leave for a period of 6 or 12 months (depending on the relevant international agreement) with the maximum time period permitted under this route amounting to 5 years as a Global Business Mobility migrant in any 6-years period.

In addition, individuals will be able to bring their dependant partner/children under the Service Supplier visa category.

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For expert advice regarding any aspect of the UK visa application, please contact our immigration team on 0203 384 3075.

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