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Intra Company Transfer

Multi-national employers can transfer overseas employees under the Intra-Company Transfers (ICT) category. The overseas employee can take on a specific position in the UK that the company has been unable to fill with the local resident workforce.


Requirements under the Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer


Long Term Staff


The longer-term staff ICT is for existing employees who want to come to the UK for a period up to 5 years under the Tier 2 category. A period of 9 years is available for high earners (with a salary is above 120,000 GBP per annum) ICT. The job must be at least graduate level with a minimum salary of 41,500 GBP per annum for those that have been employed by the overseas sponsor for at least 12 months or 73,900 GBP for those employed for less time.


Graduate Trainee

The graduate trainee ICT category allows organisations to transfer recent graduate recruits to the UK for training for up to 12 months. This route is not for filling long term posts. Employees in this subcategory must be coming to the UK as part of a structured graduate training programme. The programme should offer with progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation.


Change of employment

People to come to the UK under Tier 2 ICT category are not able to switch employers once in the UK. There is a 12 months cooling-off period once someone leaves the UK and then wishes to return under Tier 2 General.


Settlement in the UK

Under the Tier 2 ICT category gaining leave to enter or leave to remain does not entitle the person to settle in the UK. Following 5 or 9 years in the UK, depending on the category, the migrant has to leave the country.





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