An Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) applicant in the Long Term Staff sub-category can normally extend ICT visa up to 5 years. You will not be able to extend your stay beyond 5 years (or 9 years for any staff earning £120,000 or more). You cannot apply for ICT visa extension from outside the UK.

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.

Specialist Solicitors For ICT Visa Extension/Renewal

Our expert team of Tier 2 visa solicitors are specialists in dealing with ICT visa extension/renewal applications. As specialist Tier 2 visa solicitors, our Tier 2 lawyers have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality legal services for ICT visa extension applications. Our Tier 2 visa solicitors have helped thousands of ICT Migrants with their ICT visa extenson applications. The high quality of our legal services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients for excellent immigration services provided by our highly experienced and qualified immigration lawyers.

Ask a question to our ICT visa solicitors for free immigration advice or schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice concerning your ICT extension matter.

Eligibility Requirements For ICT Visa Extension

You should meet the following requirements for renewal/extension of your ICT visa:

  • You must have current permission to enter or stay on a ICT visa;
  • You have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) for your job;
  • You must have the same or a similar job to the one you received your previous visa for;
  • You still work for the employer who provided your certificate of sponsorship
  • You show your job is at appropriate job level as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • You show you are being paid an appropriate salary for your job;
  • You show you can maintain yourself in the UK.

You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

You should apply before your current visa expires.

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 extension of stay as a ICT migrant. The breakdown of the required points for ICT visa extension is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

30
Appropriate Salary 20
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 60

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.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For ICT Extension

As the expert ICT visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our experienced ICT visa solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your ICT extension application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your ICT extension application for months (sometimes years).

Cooling Off Period For ICT Visa

You will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under an Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) category until 12 months after your last leave as an Intra-Company Transfer expired or 12 months after you left the UK, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid an annual gross salary of £120,000 or higher or where you were only being sponsored in Tier 2 (as recorded by the Certificate of Sponsorship), for a period of 3 months or less.

Where you left the UK before your last period of Tier 2 leave expired, the 12 month period during which you will not be able to reapply can start earlier than the date your leave expired but only if you can provide evidence of having not been in the UK for a period of 12 months immediately prior to that date. Where evidence is produced and accepted, Home Office, UKVI will calculate the cooling off period to start from the earliest date supported by that evidence.

Certificates of Sponsorship granted for stays of less than 3 months are not subject to the Tier 2 cooling-off period. This includes multiple short stays within any 12-month period. This provides additional flexibility for businesses looking to transfer key staff for short periods of time. In practice, this means that cooling off periods do not apply where:

a. You were assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) of 3 months or less in the preceding 12-month period, and had no other Tier 2 leave during that period
b. You have had more than one period of Tier 2 leave in the last 12 months and each Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned for less than 3 months, even where they may total over 3 months.

It is important to note that Tier 2 cooling-off periods are attached to the length of the Certificate of Sponsorship, rather than to time worked by the migrant. So where, for example, you were assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) of 6 months in length, but Home Office UKVI have been notified by your sponsor that you ceased working in the UK after 2 months, a cooling-off period will still apply because the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned for more than 3 months.

How Can We Help With Your ICT Extension Application?

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

  • assessing your eligibility for extension of your ICT visa by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • if you are changing employer, assisting your prospective ICT sponsor with Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), if applicable, and correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of the ICT visa extension 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 renewal of ICT visa;
  • completing online application form for extension of ICT visa;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your ICT extension application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for renewal of ICT visa have been satisfied by the Tier 2 applicant;
  • submitting the ICT extension application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for ICT visa extension application and booking applicant's appointment with the UKVCAS application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the ICT extension application;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office UKVI until decision is reached on your ICT extension application.

Our Fee For ICT Visa Extension

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for extension of ICT visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation concerning ICT visa extension £80 (including VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for an application for ICT visa extension £200 + VAT
Full help with application for ICT visa extension to cover all the work after CoS being assigned until decision by the Home Office UKVI on your ICT visa extension application From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + VAT

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

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You can choose to book an appointment with one of the following immigration solicitors and lawyers depending on the type of your UK visa and immigration matter:

Mr Arshad Mahmood (Managing Director / Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Work Visas | Sponsor Licence | Student Visa | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | BNO Visa | Applications For Adopted Children | Applications For Surrogate Children

Mr Amir Naviwala (Director / Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Family Visa | EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Applications | Long Residence Applications | Private Life Applications | Adult Dependent Relative (ADR) Applications | Naturalisation Applications | Visitor Visas

Ms. Nargis Khodadady (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Sponsor Licence | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visas | Private Life Applications | Long Residence Applications | Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Yogita Sharma (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Sponsor Licence | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visas | Private Life Applications | Long Residence Applications | Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Mr Abdul Mutee (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Compensation For Unlawful Immigration Detention

Mr Muhammad Usman Rasheed (Senior Immigration Caseworker)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visa | Long Residence Applications | Private Life Applications | Naturalisation Applications | Visitor Visas

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