TEMPORARY WORKER VISAS

The Temporary Worker (T5) visa category offers a variety of options for overseas nationals to take
on short-term work in the UK that will satisfy cultural, charitable, religious, or international
objectives.

This route includes a number of sub-routes, each with its own eligibility requirements.

TEMPORARY WORKER -
CHARITY WORKER VISA (T5)

You can apply for this category to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity if you have a certificate of sponsorship and sufficient funds to support yourself while you are in the UK.

Length of stay: 12 months

Temporary Worker - Charity Worker visa (T5)

You can apply for this category to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity if you have a certificate of sponsorship and sufficient funds to support yourself while you are in the UK.

Length of stay: 12 months

Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting visa (T5)

This category is for temporary workers within the creative and sporting fields. Sportspersons need to make a significant contribution to their field of sport at the highest level to be eligible for this visa. Creative workers must make a unique contribution to the UK labour market. Both need a certificate of sponsorship to apply.

Length of stay: 12 months

TEMPORARY WORKER -
CREATIVE AND SPORTING VISA (T5)

This category is for temporary workers within the creative and sporting fields. Sportspersons need to make a significant contribution to their field of sport at the highest level to be eligible for this visa. Creative workers must make a unique contribution to the UK labour market. Both need a certificate of sponsorship to apply.

Length of stay: 12 months

TEMPORARY WORKER -
RELIGIOUS WORKER VISA (T5)

This category is for those who want to do religious work, such as preaching or working in a religious order in the UK.

Length of stay: 24 months

Temporary Worker - Religious Worker visa (T5)

This category is for those who want to do religious work, such as preaching or working in a religious order in the UK.

Length of stay: 24 months

Temporary Worker - Seasonal Worker visa (T5)

This category is for farm workers who have a sponsor and want to work in the UK.

Length of stay: A maximum of 6 months in a 12-month period

TEMPORARY WORKER -
SEASONAL WORKER VISA (T5)

This category is for farm workers who have a sponsor and want to work in the UK.

Length of stay: A maximum of 6 months in a 12-month period

TEMPORARY WORKER -
GOVERNMENT AUTHORISED EXCHANGE VISA (T5)

This category can be used for those seeking entry to the UK for a short period of time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research, or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.

Length of stay: 24 months for research, an overseas language programme, or a training programme 12 months for work experience

Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5)

This category can be used for those seeking entry to the UK for a short period of time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research, or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.

Length of stay:
24 months for research, an overseas language programme, or a training programme 12 months for work experience.

Temporary Worker - International Agreement visa (T5)

This category is for those contracted to do work covered by international law or treaty while in the UK, for example working for a foreign government, working as a private servant in a diplomatic household or providing a service under contract.

Length of stay: Private servants in a diplomatic household or employees of an overseas government or organisation: 24 months. Contractual service suppliers or independent professionals: 6 months in any 12-month period

TEMPORARY WORKER -
INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT VISA (T5)

This category is for those contracted to do work covered by international law or treaty while in the UK, for example working for a foreign government, working as a private servant in a diplomatic household or providing a service under contract.

Length of stay: Private servants in a diplomatic household or employees of an overseas government or organisation: 24 months
Contractual service suppliers or independent professionals: 6 months in any 12-month period

YOUTH MOBILITY SCHEME VISA (T5)

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is for young adults from certain countries to live, work and experience life in the UK. 

Length of stay: 2 years

Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5)

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is for young adults from certain countries to live, work and experience life in the UK. 

Length of stay: 2 years

ELIGIBILITY

There are certain conditions that must be met to qualify for a Temporary Worker visa.

  • You must have a sponsor that has issued you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.
  • You must show that the role meets the requirements for sponsorship.
  • You must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
  • You must have sufficient funds to maintain yourself if maintenance is not certified by your sponsor).

HOW LONG CAN I STAY?

The length of stay depends on the category of visa – anywhere from 6 to 24 months.

This visa route does not lead to settlement in the UK.

CONDITIONS OF THE VISA

  • You must work in the role described on your Certificate of Sponsorship and study. 
  • You cannot access public funds.

CONDITIONS OF THE VISA

  • You must work in the role described on your Certificate of Sponsorship and study. 
  • You cannot access public funds.

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EXPERT ADVICE

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a Temporary Worker Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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