The Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa route is designed for staffs of multinational organisations who have been posted to a UK branch of the same multinational. The visit may be either short term of long term
The concept of switching involves where an applicant is already in the UK under a specific visa category and is looking to ‘switch’ to another visa category whilst in the UK. Importantly not all categories allow switching. For some visa routes, it is possible to switch into but not switch out from. Please check with our immigration lawyers to be sure that you are able to switch from and/or into any other immigration route
An individual who intends to switch into the Tier 2 Intra-company transfer immigration route from within the UK can do so only into the Tier 2 ICT: Long Term Staff category as he/she is not authorized to switch to any other sub-categories under the Tier 2 ICT from inside the United Kingdom. This Long Term staff route was crafted for persons who are regarded as highly skilled workers who are looking to come into the country for a period over 12 months on the basis of been transferred from one international branch, for the purpose of occupying a role in the organization which is not able to be filled by resident local labour.
The individual is permitted to make an application from within the United Kingdom if he/she has, or was previously issued leave in one of the following listed categories:
For the individual to be considered for extension in any of the above cases, he/she is required to still be working actively for the employer mentioned on the initial application.