Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa
You can apply for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa if:
- you want to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)and Switzerland
- you meet the other eligibility requirements
You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer before you can apply to come to the UK to work.
The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation.
How long it will take
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before the date you’re due to start work. This date is on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Check the guide processing times to see how long getting a visa might take in your country.
How much you pay for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.
|Who you’re applying for||Apply (outside the UK)||Extend online or by post in the UK||Extend in person in the UK (premium service)|
|If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£189||£189||£799|
|All dependants||£244 each||£244 each||£854 each|
How long you can stay
You can stay for up to 12 months or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 28 days, whichever is shorter.
You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the start date of your job.
What you can and can’t do
- study – for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate)
- work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
- do a second job in the same sector at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
- do a job on the Tier 2 shortage occupation listfor up to 20 hours per week
- bring family memberswith you
- receive any payment for work
- take a permanent job
- get public funds
To be eligible for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa you need:
- a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
- £945 in savings – this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply
You won’t need £945 in savings if your fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor has stated on your certificate of sponsorship that they’ll certify your maintenance and that you won’t claim benefits during your stay.
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a unique reference number that holds information about the job you will do and your personal details. It is not a certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you the certificate of sponsorship.
Your sponsor must also give you the information they used on your certificate about your job, for example your working hours.
Your sponsor must be recognised by the UK government to issue certificates of sponsorship.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.
Your sponsor can give you a multiple entry certificate of sponsorship so you can leave and return to the UK.