Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa
You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa if you:
- want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme
- have a sponsor
- are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)and Switzerland
- meet the other eligibility requirements
You need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to come to the UK to work.
Your work, training or research in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation.
Your sponsor can be any of the following:
- an organisation running an approved exchange scheme
- a higher education institution (if you are a sponsored researcher, visiting academic or examiner)
- a government department or agency
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 find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
How much you pay for your visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.
|Who you’re applying for||Apply (outside the UK)||Extend or switch online or by post in the UK||Extend or switch 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 in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you’re applying for) 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 in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
- do a second job for up to 20 hours per week
- do a job on the Tier 2 shortage occupation listfor up to 20 hours per week as well as your main job
- apply to change (‘switch’) into a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visaif you’re in the government authorised exchange scheme for sponsored researchers
- bring family memberswith you
- take a permanent job
- get public funds
You must have both of the following:
- 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 reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number.
They must also give you some other information to help you to apply, for example your working hours.
You’ll need to add your certificate of sponsorship reference number to your application form – you can only use it once.
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.