You can apply for entry clearance for ICT visa if you are an existing employee of a multinational employer who needs to be transferred to their UK branch, for training purposes or to fill a specific vacancy that cannot be filled by a settled either on a long term basis or for frequent short visits. You cannot use this route if you are an employee of an overseas employer that is not linked by common ownership or control to the UK branch.

You cannot apply for ILR as ICT Mirant; however, you can switch from ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa under the new points based system. You will qualify for ILR once you have spent 5 years in the UK on Skilled Worker visa.

Our expert team of ICT visa solicitors are specialists in ICT visa entry clearance applications. As one of the best ICT visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham, our Tier 2 visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality fixed fee legal services for ICT visa entry clearance applications. The high quality of our ICT visa services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent Tier 2 visa services provided by our specialist Tier 2 visa solicitors. Ask a question to our expert ICT visa lawyers for free immigration advice concerning your ICT visa entry clearance.

There are 2 sub-categories of Intra-Company Transfer:

ICT (Long Term Staff)

You can apply for ICT Long Terms Staff visa if you have been working for your organisation for at least 12 months directly prior to your transfer to the UK and are being transferred to a skilled job in the UK to fill a post which cannot be filled by a settled worker. This is for a period of up to a maximum of 5 years. There are more flexible rules for high earners.

ICT (Graduate Trainee)

You can apply for ICT Graduate Trainee visa if you are a recent graduate recruit being transferred to a UK branch of your organisation for the purpose of training. This route cannot be used to fill long-term posts. You must be coming to the UK for a maximum period of 12 months as part of a structured graduate training programme with clearly defined progression towards a managerial or specialist role within your organisation.

Eligibility Requirements For ICT Visa Entry Clearance For UK

To be eligible for ICT visa for UK, you need to:

  • be employed by a licensed ICT sponsor;
  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) for your job;
  • show your job is at appropriate job level as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • show you are being paid an appropriate salary for your job as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • have have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Tier 2 sponsor has certified your maintenance as per requirements of Appendix C of the Immigration Rules;
  • show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years;
  • have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country listed in Appendix T of the Immigration Rules.

What Is The Points Based Criteria For ICT Visa Entry Clearance?

ICT visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary and funds for maintenance. A ICT migrant should score 60 points in total to qualify for entry clearance as a ICT migrant. The breakdown of the required points for ICT visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

  • For ICT long term staff sponsorship, you will be awarded 30 points if you have been working for your sponsoring organisation for at least 12 months outside the UK. You do not need to meet this requirement of working for your sponsoring organisation for 12 months if your salary in the UK will be £73,900 or more per year.
  • For ICT Graduate Trainee sponsorship, you will be awarded 30 points if you have been employed by your sponsoring organisation as part of a graduate training programme for at least 3 months immediately before the date of your application outside the UK.
30
Appropriate Salary 20
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 60

Minimum Skill level For ICT Visa Sponsorship

To score points for sponsorship, you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed sponsor. The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) must confirm that the job is at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 6 as stated in the codes of practice, or the job is a creative sector occupation skilled to RQF level 4 as listed in the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance. This does not mean that you must be educated to that level; it means that the job is at that level. The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules and the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance on gov.uk.

Appropriate Salary and Allowances

The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned to your by your must confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the Tier 2 codes of practice in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules.

Salary Points
Intra-Company Transfer: Long Term Staff
£41,500 or the appropriate rate for the job, whichever is the higher
20 Points
Intra-Company Transfer: Graduate Trainee
£23,000 or the appropriate rate for the job, whichever is the higher
20 Points
None of the above 0 Points

You should add acceptable allowances to your gross salary to work out the points you will be awarded. You should ask your ICT sponsor to confirm the salary details on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Your salary may be paid in the UK or abroad. If you will be paid abroad in a currency other than pounds sterling, the salary amount entered on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will be based on the exchange rate published on Oanda on the day the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is assigned.

Genuine Vacancy

When applying for entry clearance as ICT migrant, the Home Office UKVI must be satisfied that you are being sponsored to undertake a genuine role and are appropriately qualified to undertake the role for which the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned. In order to assess this, the Home Office, UKVI may  request additional information and evidence from you or your sponsor, and refuse your application if the information or evidence is not provided. Any requested documents must be received by the Home Office at the address specified in the request within 10 business days of the date the request letter is posted.

How Can We Help You?

Our specialist team of ICT visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your ICT visa entry clearance application. As your appointed legal representative for ICT visa entry clearance application, our work can include the following:

  • assessing your eligibility for ICT visa for UK by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • assisting your prospective ICT sponsor with Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) application to Home Office UKVI and correctly assigning the restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of the ICT visa entry clearance application;
  • assessing the documentary evidence including the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to ensure that the documents are in line with the Home Office UKVI requirements for ICT visa entry clearance;
  • completing online application form for ICT visa entry clearance for UK;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of the ICT visa entry clearance application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for ICT visa entry clearance have been satisfied by the Tier 2 applicant;
  • submitting the ICT entry clearance application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for ICT visa application and booking applicant's appointment with the relevant UK visa application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the ICT visa entry clearance application;
  • preparing the applicant for an interview by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) in relation to ICT visa entry clearance application;
  • making any post interview representations to the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), if necessary;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) until decision is reached on your ICT visa entry clearance application.

Our Fee For ICT Visa Entry Clearance Application

Our fees for ICT visa entry clearance application are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation related to ICT visa entry clearance £80
One-Off Documents Checking Service for ICT visa entry clearance application £240
Complete help with ICT visa entry clearance application to cover all the work after CoS being assigned until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your ICT visa entry clearance application From £800 To £1,200 (VAT not applicable)

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the ICT visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for ICT visa entry clearance, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the entry clearance application.

FAQs - ICT Visa UK

Can I apply for ILR as Tier 2 ICT or ICTmigrant upon completion of 5 years in the UK on ICT visa?

No, you cannot apply for ILR as ICT migrant becuase Intra Company Transfer (ICT) visa category does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years.

Following changes to the immigration rules effective from 1 December 2020, ICT migrants are now allowed to switch into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK and they can apply for ILR as Skilled Workers once they have spent 5 years in the UK under Skilled Worker visa category.