Tier 5 (Temporary Work)
The Tier 5 Temporary Work visa allows certain types of temporary workers to enter the UK to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives including volunteering and job shadowing.
Tier 5 Temporary Work visa: Main requirements
In order to qualify for a Tier 5 (Temporary Work) visa for the UK the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
- they have a UK sponsor who has issued them with a Certificate of Sponsorship;
- the role is supernumerary;
- they have at least £945 in savings and have held this for at least 90 days prior to making the application;
- they will be paid at least the National Minimum Wage; and
- they do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Applicants can apply to come to the UK for a maximum period of 12 or 24 months depending on the scheme they are applying under. If applying for a shorter stay, an applicant will be granted leave in line with the time stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days.
During their stay in the UK, applicants can study, work in the role described on their Certificate of Sponsorship and undertake certain supplementary work of up to 20 hours per week. Applicants cannot take a permanent job or access public funds.
This is not a route which leads to settlement in the UK.
Tier 5 Temporary Work visa applications: How we can help
The Home Office will carefully scrutinise an application for a Tier 5 (Temporary Work) visa. If it does not consider that the role is supernumerary or it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal. It is therefore essential that the application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing Tier 5 (Temporary Work) visa applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
For further advice, please contact us.