New UK immigration routes you need to know about

Earlier in March 2022, the UK Government made several changes to the UK immigration rules, notes Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants.

The UK Government also, in the same Statement of Changes, announced several new UK Immigration routes. These new routes will be welcome news for persons looking to come to the UK, it said.

And while these new immigration routes will only become effective later in 2022, they will offer additional possibilities for business people and entrepreneurs looking to move to the UK.

Below Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants looked at some of the new UK immigration routes.


Global Business Mobility Route: The Global Business Mobility Route will open on 11 April 2022.

The UK Government plans to introduce this route to simplify the UK immigration offer for businesses by bringing together, reforming and expanding various business mobility routes, said Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants. The UK Government believes that this new route will make mobility across the UK border frictionless, it said.

The new route will accommodate the following categories of persons:

  • Senior executives and specialists who are undertaking temporary assignments at UK branches or subsidiaries of the business. This route will replace the current Inta-Company Transfer route.
  • Graduate trainees who undertake a placement in the UK as part of a structured training program. This leg of the route will replace the Inra-Company Graduate Trainee route.
  • Teams who are sent to the UK to establish new branches or subsidiaries of an overseas business. This route will replace the Sole Representative of an overseas business route.
  • Service suppliers who have to undertake work covered by one of the UK’s commitments on trade in services. This leg of the new route will replace the service supplier provisions in the Temporary Work International Agreement route.
  • Provision for secondments to UK businesses in connection with high-value contracts for good or investment. The secondment provisions are a new immigration provision and do not replace any current immigration routes available.

Scale-Up Visa: The Scale-Up visa will open for applications in August 2022.

It will be available to talented individuals recruited by a UK Scale-up sponsor. The individuals will have to have the skills needed to enable the scale-up business to grow.

Individuals will have to show that they are employed in graduate-level occupations through minimum PAYE earnings.

The route will allow for extensions of stay and settlement, Breytenbachs said, adding that it will publish more information on this visa route as soon as further guidance is issued.


High Potential Individual Route: The High Potential Individual Route will open on 30 May 2022.

This immigration route will be available to recent graduates of top global universities looking to work in the UK. Applicants will not need a job offer before coming to the UK, said Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants.

The Home Office will update a list of eligible universities annually. The visa will be valid for two years, and if you have a PhD degree, you will receive a three-year visa, the immigration specialists said.

“The route will not lead directly to settlement. Still, it will offer a chance to high potential individuals to eventually switch to immigration routes that lead to settlement in the UK.” Breytenbachs said it will publish more on this route closer to the route’s opening.


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New UK immigration routes you need to know about