Tier 5 Visa
The Tier 5 Visa is for individuals who wish to come to the UK under The Youth Mobility Scheme (see eligibility below) and for those who wish to come to the UK to do temporary work. You must have a job offer, a certificate of sponsorship and pass the points based assessment to be eligible to apply as a temporary worker.
Tier 5 – Temporary Worker
Tier 5 temporary worker visas are for temporary workers to come to the UK to work for an employer who is a licensed sponsor. You must have a certificate of sponsorship from the employer and pass the points based assessment to apply. You will need to score at least 40 points which are awarded as follows:
Certificate of sponsorship – 30 points
Maintenance (£800.00 (cash balance) in available funds that you have had in your bank account for at least 3 months OR a letter from your A rated sponsor saying that they will maintain and accommodate you for the first month of your stay. Sponsors may not maintain dependants) – 10 points
Creative and Sporting worker category
The category for individuals coming to the UK to work or perform as sports people, entertainers or creative artists for up to 1 year. Sports people must be internationally established at the highest level in their sport and/or your job must make a significant contribution to the development and running of sport, at the highest level in the UK. Coaches must be suitably qualified to do the job. Your sponsor must have an endorsement for you from a recognised governing body for your sport, which confirms you meet the governing body’s requirements to give their endorsement. The endorsement also confirms that the job could not be filled by a suitable settled worker. Points are awarded based on your sponsorship and available maintenance funds.
After 12 months you may extend your stay for up to another year as long as the job continues with your original sponsor.
Creative workers are given permission to stay for up to 1 year. You may extend your stay after this time for a further year as long as the job continues with your original sponsor. You may also change sponsor in the first 12 months e.g. one sponsor for 6 months and then a different sponsor for the next 6 months but you must then leave at the end of the 12 month period.
If you are in dance, theatre, film or television either as a performer or worker, your sponsor must follow the specific ‘code of practice’ – among other things your sponsor must confirm that you are not planning to set up a business in the UK, that you don’t pose a threat to the resident labour market and that you will comply with the conditions of your permission to stay.
The category for individuals coming to the UK to do unpaid, voluntary work for charity. You may obtain permission to stay for up to 12 months. Switching is not permitted, in or out, of the charity worker category.
Your sponsor must guarantee that you will work directly for the charity, that you may only be paid reasonable expenses, that you will not take a permanent position, or break the conditions of your permission to stay and that you will leave the UK when your leave runs out.
The category for individuals coming to the UK to work temporarily as a religious worker. Religious workers are able to do preaching, pastoral work and non-pastoral work. You are able to do work in the UK in the same way as you are working overseas and you may also work in a religious order. You are permitted to stay in the UK for a maximum of 2 years. Switching is not permitted, in or out, of the religious category.
Sponsors must guarantee that you are qualified for the job, that you only plan to work for them as a temporary religious worker, that you will only work at the address given on the certificate of sponsorship unless you are doing an extra job, that the job couldn’t be filled by a suitable settled worker and that you will comply with the conditions of your permission to stay.
Government Authorised Exchange Workers
The category for individuals coming to the UK through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice and also to experience the social and cultural life of the UK. Your sponsor must be an overarching body who manages the government authorised exchange scheme and who has the support of a UK government department. You may stay for a maximum of 2 years in this category. Switching is not permitted, in or out, of this category.
The sponsor must guarantee that you want to come to the UK for a short time to work or train through an approved scheme, that you don’t plan to set up a business in the UK and that you meet the requirements of the individual exchange scheme.
International Agreement Workers
The category for individuals coming to the UK under contract to do work that is covered under international law including the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), similar agreements between the UK and another country, employees of overseas governments and international organisations and private servants in diplomatic households. The maximum time you are permitted to stay is for up to 2 years but there are exceptions to this rule for private servants in diplomatic households and employees of government and international organisations. Switching is not permitted, in or out, of this category.
When assigning your certificate of sponsorship, your sponsor will need to make guarantees about you dependant on your type of work.
The Youth Mobility Scheme
If you wish to come to the UK under this scheme you need to be a citizen of Australia, Canada, New Zealand or Japan and your national government is the sponsor. British overseas citizens, British territories citizens and British Nationals (overseas) can also apply under the scheme and don’t require a sponsor.
You should be single, aged 18-30 and have sufficient funds for initial support (£1,600.00 when you apply) until employment is found. You may not apply if you have dependants under the age of 18 or if you have been in the UK at any other time as a working holiday maker or under the Youth Mobility Scheme.
You must register with the police if required to by the immigration rules and must not claim state benefits. You may undertake any work you wish without a permit but may not be employed as a professional sportsperson or as a doctor in training. You may only be self employed if you don’t own permanent premises from which to conduct business, no more than £5,000.00 in value of equipment is used in your business and you don’t have any employees.
Applicants are also able to do privately funded study, au pair placements and voluntary work.
50 points are required for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa, they are awarded as follows:
Nationality – 30 points
Age – 10 points
Maintenance funds – 10 points
You are permitted to stay in the UK for up to 2 years under this scheme.