Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa allows people who meet the eligibility criteria to come to the UK to work. This visa provides working rights to researchers, creative and sports persons. It also provides an opportunity for charity and religious workers to live in the UK for a temporary period.
Different types of visas?
The Tier 5 visa is for certain types of overseas workers wanting to work in the UK on a short-term basis and whose entry to the UK will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious, or international objectives.
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and sporting) visa;
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa;
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa;
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Religious Worker) visa;
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker –Youth mobility scheme) visa;
- Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa.
Creative and sporting:
For those in the performing arts, and sportspeople established at elite levels. Maximum visa length of 12 months and your family is permitted to enter the UK with you.
Government Authorised Exchange:
For those who want to undertake work experience opportunities in the UK. Maximum visa length of two years and your family is permitted to enter the UK with you.
For those engaged in unpaid charitable work. Maximum visa length of 12 months and your family is permitted to enter the UK with you.
For the religious worker, you will need a Certificate of Sponsorship and £945 savings.
Youth Mobility scheme:
For youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who are nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Monaco, South Korea, or Taiwan, or youth with British Overseas citizenship, British Overseas Territories Citizens, or British Nationals Overseas. This visa allows the holder to work in the UK for a maximum of two years. Your family are not permitted to enter the UK with you.
How Long I can stay?
- For the Tier 5 (Creative and sporting) visa, you can stay for whichever is shorter of i) your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or ii) 12 months. You can come to the UK up to 14 days before the position starts.
- For the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa, you can stay for whichever is shorter of i) your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or ii) 12 months or 24 months depending on which scheme you are applying for. You can come to the UK up to 14 days before the position starts.
- For the Tier 5 (Charity Worker) visa, you can stay for whichever is shorter of i) your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or ii) 12 months. You can come to the UK up to 14 days before the position starts.
- For the Tier 5 (Religious Worker) visa, you can stay for whichever is shorter of i) your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or ii) 24 months. You can come to the UK up to 14 days before the position starts.
- For the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, you will be given a visa of up to 2 years. You can come to the UK at any time during which your visa is valid.
Eligibility Requirements for a visa?
The requirements for the Tier 5 visa can vary depending on the nature of the job and the sub-tier of the temporary workers making the application. However, with the exception of those applying under the Youth Mobility Scheme route, to qualify for a Tier 5 visa the following two requirements must be met:
- The applicant must be assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a UK-licensed sponsor
- The applicant must have sufficient funds to support themself on their arrival in the UK
- £945 in savings to support yourself. This sum must have been in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. If you are sponsored by an employer with an A rating who states on your Certificate of Sponsorship that they will certify your maintenance, you will not need to show you have £945 in savings.
What advantages of a Tier 5 visa?
The Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa provides an opportunity for people to enter the UK on a short-term basis. It is highly valuable to employers who wish to take advantage of global mobility and talent on a temporary basis.
It is especially useful if international talent is required for a short-term project.
How to Apply for Tier 5 visa?
An application for the Tier 5 visa must usually be made online by the non-EEA migrant worker from outside the UK, using their unique CoS reference number and by paying the appropriate fee. The applicant will also need to make an appointment at a visa application center to enroll in their biometric information.
Even with suitable sponsorship and a valid COS, this does not necessarily guarantee the grant of a Tier 5 visa. The applicant will still need to score enough points and send supporting evidence where appropriate.
The points available within the Tier 5 temporary worker sub-tiers are as follows:
- The CoS requirement: 30 points
- The maintenance requirement: 10 points
With the exception of those seeking entry to the UK under the seasonal worker’s scheme, temporary workers must also satisfy the ‘Genuine Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrant Test’. This means they must show that they genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, the role for which the CoS was assigned and that they will not undertake employment in the UK other than that permitted by their entry clearance or leave, should it be granted.
It is also important to note that under all Tier 5 visa categories, whether or not all other relevant requirements have been met, an applicant may still fall foul of the general grounds for refusal, such as having a history of recent or serious criminal convictions or previous immigration violations.
What Documents Will I Need to Provide for Applying Purpose?
- Applicant’s Passport and/or Valid travel identification
- Passport-sized color photograph
- Applicant’s Previous passports (if held any)
- Proof of maintenance requirements – Personal Bank Statements or Confirmation of maintenance and accommodation, if necessary, from your A-rated sponsor.
- Tuberculosis (TB) test results if your country is on the list where you have to take the test.
English Language Requirements?
Temporary Work visa applicants may be required to complete an English test if they are not nationals of an English-speaking country or have not completed any academic courses in English.
In some cases, you can bring your partner or children with you during your stay, but you must show that you have sufficient funds to provide for them. They will be able to apply under a family visa.
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FAQs of Tier 5 Visa?
Q1:How do I know if my employer has a sponsor license?
Ans: You can view a list of UK Sponsor Licence holders here. To retain an A-rated Sponsor Licence, an employer must comply with extensive UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) duties and responsibilities extensive UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) duties and responsibilities. a history of recent or serious criminal convictions or previous immigration violations.
Q2:What are the four separate programs that make up the tier 5 government-authorized exchange?
- Work Experience Programme – this provides for internships and job shadowing
- Research Programme – for work on a specific scientific, academic, medical, or government research project
- Training Programme – for those wishing to undertake a formal, practical training program in science and/or This would normally lead to a professional qualification
- Overseas Government Language Programme – for language teachers sponsored by a foreign government to carry out teaching placements in the UK
Q3:What is the age limit for this visa?
Ans: You must also be aged 18 to 30 on the date you apply for your visa. You can also apply if you’re 18 to 30 and a: British overseas citizen.
Q4:Can I enter the UK on a tier 5 visa?
Ans: Tier 5 visa holders must travel to the UK as soon as possible after the start date of their Tier 5 vignette. Those issued a vignette valid for 30 days must travel to the UK within this period, as if they do not, they will have to apply, and pay, for a replacement vignette before entering the UK.