Tier 5 Temporary Work Visas
Tier 5 Work Visas are for sportspersons, creative workers and those on Government Authorized Exchange Programs.
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The Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the UK will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives. You will need to have job offer from an employer who holds a valid Tier 5 Sponsorship License before applying for a visa and who has assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship to you.
Tier 5 Temporary Worker Overview
You can apply for this visa if you want work in the UK in a role such as a charity worker, artist, entertainer, diplomat or sportsperson.
What are the main eligibility requirements for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa?
There are five subcategories under the Tier 5 Temporary Worker program:
Charity Worker: You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the Charity Worker sub-category if you wish to undertake unpaid voluntary work for a charity. The work that you intend to undertake in the UK must directly relate to the charity which is sponsoring you and the position must not be a permanent position.
Creative and Sporting: The Creative and Sporting subcategory of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route is for individuals who have been offered work as a creative worker (including, but not limited to, actors, dancers, musicians and film crew) or sportspersons.
If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa as a creative worker, you will need to demonstrate that you can make a unique contribution to the UK labour market and that you will be paid the minimum salary as set by Equity, PACT or BECTU.
If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa as a sportsperson, you will need to be internationally established at the highest level in your sport. You will need to be endorsed by the designated UK governing body for your sport and demonstrate that you will make a significant contribution to your sport at the highest level in the UK.
Government Authorised Exchange: The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) route is for individuals who wish to come to the UK for work experience or to complete training, an Overseas Government Language Program, research or a fellowship through an approved Government Authorised Exchange scheme.
International Agreement: You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the International Agreement sub-category if, while in the UK, you will be contracted to undertake work that is covered by international law (e.g. working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household). You will normally need to have professional experience in the relevant sector before you apply under this route.
Religious Worker: If you would like to undertake religious work, for example preaching or working in a religious order, you may be able to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the Religious Worker sub-category. Your salary and conditions will need to be at least equal to that received by settled workers in the same role. Your employer may need to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test and provide evidence of a national recruitment effort.
Family Members (Dependents)
In some cases, you can bring your spouse/partner or children with you during your stay, but you must show that you have sufficient funds to maintain and accommodate them. They will be able to apply for a visa as the dependent of a Tier 5 Migrant, please refer to our Points-Based Dependents page for more details.
The Tier 5 Temporary Worker category does not lead to settlement in the UK.
Understanding which visa category is best for you can be a difficult process. Whatever your circumstance or profession, the expert lawyers at Sterling Immigration can help you. We will find the right work permit category for you and ensure that you meet all the specific requirements to make an application. For further information, please schedule a consultation.