As part of the Global Business Mobility initiative, the UK has introduced five immigration routes to assist foreign companies in establishing a presence or transferring employees to the country. One of these routes is the Graduate Trainee visa, which is intended for overseas workers enrolled in a structured graduate training program leading to senior management or specialized positions.
This temporary work route has replaced the previous Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route and provides successful applicants with the opportunity to participate in their chosen graduate training program while in the UK. However, secondary employment is not permitted on this route, but voluntary work or studying is allowed.
If the employee you are looking to hire is not on a graduate training program, they may still be able to work for your UK branch with a Senior or Specialist Worker visa Senior or Specialist Worker visa.
To qualify for a Graduate Trainee visa, an applicant must:
- be an existing employee of an organisation that’s been approved by the Home Office as a sponsor.
- have worked for your company outside the UK for at least 3 months immediately before they apply.
- have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from you with information about the work they will do in the UK
- do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
- be paid at least £24,220 per year
An applicant cannot change or switch to a Graduate Trainee visa from inside the UK.
Getting a certificate of sponsorship
If you as a business are not currently licensed to sponsor people to work in the UK, you can apply for a sponsor license.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the salary requirements?
You must pay the employee at least £24,220 or 70% of the ‘going rate’ - whichever is higher.
Each occupation code has its annual going rate. Check the going rate for the job in the going rates table.
If you are seeking to employ a healthcare worker or someone in education, there are different salary rules. The going rates for these jobs are based on the national pay scales set by the relevant independent body, for example, the NHS
How much money does the employee need to show?
They must have at least £1,270 in their bank account to show they can support themselves when they arrive in the UK. This money needs to have been available for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28 days must be within 31 days of the date you apply. They will need to show evidence of this unless you as an employer can cover their costs during the first month in the UK, up to £1,270.
If you as an employer can support the employee, the certificate of sponsorship must confirm this. You will need to complete the ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’ section on the certificate.
How long it takes to make a decision?
Decisions for individual applicants are usually made within 3 weeks. Options for priority services which would expedite the time it takes to make a decision are available at a fee.
Why Choose UK Visas?
Expert Guidance: Our team of immigration experts has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the Sponsor Licence application process. We stay up to date with the latest immigration regulations and provide accurate guidance to ensure a successful outcome.
Tailored Solutions: We understand that every business is unique. Our services are adapted to meet your specific needs, whether you are a small business or a large corporation. We adapt our approach to accommodate your requirements and maximize your chances of obtaining a Sponsor Licence.
Efficiency and Time Savings: Navigating the complexities of the Sponsor Licence application process can be time-consuming and overwhelming. By choosing UK Visas, you can save valuable time and focus on your core business activities while we manage the administrative aspects of your application.
Compliance Assurance: We prioritize compliance and ensure that your HR systems and practices align with the Home Office's requirements. Our ongoing support helps you maintain compliance throughout the sponsorship process, minimizing the risk of penalties or license revocation.
Transparent Communication: We believe in clear and open communication with our clients. Throughout the process, we keep you informed about the progress of your application, provide updates on any regulatory changes, and address any concerns or queries you may have.
Choose UK Visas for your Sponsor Licence needs and unlock access to a global pool of talent. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and take the first step towards a successful sponsorship journey.