Graduatee Trainee

The UK offers several Graduate Trainee visas for overseas workers. These visa routes aim to bring employees on a short-term or long-term basis to their UK branches. The aim of these visa routes is to simplify the process of hiring talent from outside the UK.
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Graduate Tainee

The Graduate Trainee visa is a type of UK Global Business Mobility visa. This particular visa type allows you to come to the UK on a graduate training course. It is a nonimmigrant visa, which means that you can’t use it to apply for residency or settlement in the UK.

You must meet specific requirements to be eligible for a Graduate Trainee visa. These requirements pertain to your employment history, annual salary, the status of your UK sponsor, and the nature of the job you intend to undertake in the UK.

Your overseas employer is also required to meet certain requirements for you to be eligible for the visa. The employer must be connected to an approved A-rated Licensed Sponsor in the UK who must provide a Certificate of Sponsorship. You must also meet financial requirements as an applicant.

The UK Global Business Mobility category offers several visas if you want to undertake business activity in the UK as an employee.

Our Global Business Mobility visa solicitors at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law office offer tailored advice and guidance to help you apply for any visa in this category.

What is a Licensed Sponsor?

A Licensed Sponsor is a business or organisation that has been approved by the Home Office to receive workers from outside the UK. This business or organisation must be registered in the UK with a physical presence, and have qualifying links with an overseas business through common ownership or control, or joint venture.

When it comes to hiring an individual for a graduate training program, the overseas business linked to the Licensed Sponsor must meet the following requirements:

  • It must have a structured graduate training programme
  • The graduate training programme must lead to a legitimate work placement in the UK

The Licensed Sponsor must be A-rated and listed with the Home Office. You can check with the Home Office to see whether or not your sponsor is approved and listed.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?

A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a formal letter issued by your UK sponsor confirming that you have been offered a job. Your CoS for a Graduate Trainee visa must meet the following requirements:

  • It must have been issued no more than 3 months before your visa application
  • The CoS must have been issued by an A-rated Licensed Sponsor
  • The certificate must state your name, the position you are to occupy, and the annual salary you will be paid
  • The CoS must confirm the link between your overseas employer and the UK sponsor
  • The CoS must confirm that you meet the minimum employment duration requirement

If your CoS meets all these criteria, it is valid and you can use it to apply for a Graduate Trainee visa. If you are not sure whether your CoS is valid, our Graduate Trainee visa solicitors can review it for you. You can also consult our immigration lawyers before, during, and after your visa application.

Overseas Work Requirements

To be eligible for a Graduate Trainee visa, you must be linked to a Sponsor based in the UK. This link can be validated in three ways:

  • Your current employer is linked to your UK sponsor by joint ownership