A UK Service Supplier visa can be issued to an employee of an overseas company or a self-employed professional. The duties are limited to the trade agreements between the United Kingdom and the applicant’s country. The requirements to obtain a UK Service Supplier visa are not as strict as for other visa categories, but you must prepare all the documents carefully. This article will explain who can obtain a UK Service Supplier visa, how long it is valid for, what opportunities it offers, and how to extend the visa or switch to another visa category. Even though there are some general requirements, each case must be studied individually. Before applying to the Home Office, you must ensure that all the relevant documents are in order.
The deadline to apply for a UK Service Supplier visa was 30 June 2022. Now, only dependants of the main applicant who had relocated to the UK by the end of 2022 can obtain the visa. However, if you can prove that you had good reasons to delay the application, you will get a second chance. For example, if you were seriously ill and can provide your medical records as evidence. In case there is no evidence available, you will have to choose another visa category. If you are an Irish citizen, you do not need a UK Service Supplier visa since you can perform any type of economic activity in the UK visa-free.
To be eligible for a UK Service Supplier visa, you must meet the following requirements:
On a UK Service Supplier visa, you can stay in the UK for up to six or twelve months depending on the trade agreement you are providing services under. If you have already spent some time in the UK on a UK Service Supplier visa or any visa from the below list, your overall stay in the country must not exceed five years in the last six years:
Your stay in the UK will also depend on the conditions of your certificate of sponsorship. When it expires, you will have 14 days to decide what to do next: you can either switch to another visa or leave the country.
If you do not plan to change jobs, you can even extend your visa. The application will be processed in one day to two months. If you decide to extend your UK Service Supplier visa, you will be able to apply not more than 28 days before your current visa expires. One important requirement: you cannot leave the UK while your application is being processed.
After your UK Service Supplier visa expires, you can change jobs. To do this, you must obtain a certificate of sponsorship from your new employer and collect a new package of documents.
UK Service Supplier visa allows UK companies to employ foreign specialists based on their qualifications, experience and expertise for a particular type of service. Imperial & Legal’s experts will help you collect and prepare all the documents.
Applications for a UK Service Supplier visa are usually submitted online. If for any reason you cannot do it online, you need to bring all the documents to a visa centre for them to be scanned and sent to the Home Office. You will have to visit a visa centre in any case to submit biometrics since this is mandatory even for online applicants.
A UK Service Supplier visa has the following costs:
If you add dependents to your visa application, the visa costs will increase by £285 for a spouse or partner £315 for each child, and £200 for further children. In some cases, a willing sponsor may agree to cover these visa costs and maintenance requirements.
There are no maintenance requirements for visa extension. Neither do not need to provide your bank statements if your sponsor confirms in your certificate of sponsorship that they will support you.
You can apply for the visa up to three months before you relocate to the UK. As a rule, the application is processed within three weeks for non-residents and within eight weeks for those who want to switch their current visa to a UK Service Supplier visa.
If the Home Office has any questions for the applicant, they will email them, but this may still prolong the application process.
There is an option to accelerate visa processing for an additional fee.
In some cases, you may need to update your application or even revoke it. This can be done through the online account that you used to submit your application to the Home Office.
On a UK Service Supplier visa, you can do the following:
On a UK Service Supplier visa, you cannot:
The above list is not exhaustive. If your visa application is approved, you will get a full list of what you can and cannot do on a UK Service Supplier visa. If you break any of these rules, it may cost you your visa.
All the documents must be in English or Welsh. Otherwise, you need to provide their notarised translations.
A UK Service Supplier visa is gradually coming out of use; it is no longer issued. All the submitted applications have already been processed. An exception can be made only for a narrow category of applicants who had a good reason for delaying their timely application. If you fall into this category, you must be especially careful while preparing your application. Any mistake, inaccuracy, or discrepancy will lead to visa refusal. It will cost you money and time and you’ll get nothing for the efforts you made. You will have to collect the documents again, making the required corrections, and re-apply.
To avoid this, we recommend you contact experienced immigration advisors once you decide to relocate to the UK. They will review your case individually, compile a list of the required documents, and help you prepare and submit them. Imperial & Legal’s immigration advisors will do their best to save you time. They will take care of all the processes and ensure a positive outcome. We want your case to be successful since we always aim for long-term cooperation. We will be happy to help you later if and when you decide to extend your visa or switch to another one. The first impression is very important, and we hope that after working with us once, you will not doubt contacting us again to resolve another relocation issue no matter how unprecedented, complicated, and challenging it might be.
You will get a decision on a Service Supplier visa within three weeks of your application. Once your application is approved and a UK Scale-up visa is granted, you can move to the UK. You will receive your biometric residence permit upon arrival.
Imperial & Legal provides a full range of services, not just immigration support. We can ensure that your relocation to another country is smooth, and help you find suitable accommodation, a nursery or a school. Most clients come back to us to extend their visas and obtain an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British citizenship.
A UK Service Supplier visa was introduced to replace a UK Temporary Workers International Agreement visa, or a UK Tier 5 visa.
A UK Service Supplier visa is one of the immigration routes under the UK Global Business Mobility scheme. You can apply for a UK Service Supplier visa if you have a contract to provide services to a UK company as:
The UK company where you will work must have an A-rating sponsorship licence and issue a certificate of sponsorship for you.
On a UK Service Supplier visa, just as on a UK Temporary Workers International Agreement visa previously, you can bring to the UK the following dependants:
We will offer a tailored solution to you and your family based on your circumstances. Contact us today for your personalised solution.
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