Creative Worker Visa
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You can stay for 12 months, or 28 days after time given in your certificate of sponsorship.
Yes, and the sponsor needs to be registered to do so by the UK Home Office.
You are allowed to:
- study (an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate may be required for some courses)
- work for a sponsoring organisation in the job described in your Certificate of Sponsorship
- have a second role in the same sector and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
- do a job on the Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation List for up to 20 hours per week
- bring your partner and/or children with you, if eligible
You are not allowed to:
- access any public funds/benefits
- start your own business
Creative Worker Visa
A creative worker is someone who works in the creative industries. This could be as an actor, musician, dancer, or film producer.
If you are a foreign national who works in the creative industry and you want to come to the UK to practice your profession on a temporary basis, you’ll need to get yourself a Creative Worker Visa.
You will require a Creative Worker visa if you have already been offered work as a creative worker. You will also need to meet all the other eligibility requirements.
Please note: If you’re a professional sportsman, you can no longer apply for this visa and must instead apply for an International Sportsman visa.
To be eligible for the visa, you must meet several requirements.
The visa requires you to demonstrate that you:
- are able make a unique contribution to the UK labour market for example you’re internationally renowned or are required for continuity
- already have a certificate of sponsorship reference number
- are to be paid the minimum salary requirements (set by Equity, PACT or BECTU)
- Have enough money to support yourself in the UK – usually at least £1,270, though some people are exempt.
The minimum salary requirement does not apply to models, musicians or circuses.
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number that holds information on the job and your own personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document. It’s a number that corresponds to the job you’ve been offered.
As well as the reference number, your sponsor will also give you information to help you to apply for the visa, for example how much you’ll be paid. This helps to prove you meet the job and salary requirements for the visa.
How long can you stay?
With the Creative Worker Visa, you can come to the UK for a maximum of up to 12 months, or 28 days after time given in your certificate of sponsorship, whichever is shorter.
How much does it cost?
The application fee for each person applying is £259.
The fee is fixed, and does not change based on whether you apply from inside or outside the UK.
You, along with any family members that come with you, will also each need to pay the healthcare surcharge (usually £624 per year) in addition to the base fee.
With the Creativer Worker Visa, you are able to:
- work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
- do a second job in the same sector and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
- do a job on the Skilled Worker shortage occupation list for up to 20 hours per week
- bring your partner and children with you as your ‘dependants’, if they’re eligible
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