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Tier 5 Temporary Workers

Point Scoring Requirement

Criterion Points
Certificate of Sponsorship 30 points
Maintenance 10 points

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-Creative and Sporting

The creative and sporting worker category is for people coming to the UK to work or perform as sportspeople, entertainers or creative artists for up to 12 months. If you are a sportsperson, you must be internationally established at the highest level in your sport, and/or your employment must make a significant contribution to the development and running of sport at the highest level in the UK.

If you are a coach, you must also be suitably qualified to do the job.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you apply under the creative and sporting worker category, you must have:

You can apply under the creative and sporting worker category if you are:

  • Applying for permission to enter the UK (known as ‘visa’ or ‘entry clearance’) under the creative and sporting worker category;
  • Applying to enter the UK if you are not required to have a visa and are entering for 3 months or less;
  • Already in the UK as a sportsperson and want to extend your permission to stay for up to 12 months;
  • Already in the UK as a creative worker who has been here for 12 months or less - you will be able to extend your permission to stay for up to a maximum of 24 months. The job must continue with the same sponsor.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-Charity Workers

This sub-category is for people coming to the UK to do voluntary (unpaid) work for a charity. The work must be directly related to the work of your sponsor’s organisation.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you apply under Tier 5 (Temporary workers – charity workers), you must have:

You can make an application if:

  • You are currently outside the UK; or
  • You are already here in the Tier 5 (Temporary workers – charity workers) sub-category and you want to extend your stay (up to a maximum total stay of 12 months).

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-Religious Workers

The religious worker category is for people coming to the UK to work temporarily as a religious worker.

Religious workers can do:

  • Preaching, pastoral work and non-pastoral work;
  • Work in the UK in the same way you are working in an overseas organisation (although your duties in the UK may be different). The job should be done during a break from your job overseas; or
  • Work in a religious order with community which involves a permanent commitment like a monastery or convent.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you apply under the religious category, you must have:

You can apply under the religious worker category now if you are:

  • Applying for permission to enter the UK (known as ‘entry clearance’) under the religious worker category;
  • Already in the UK as a Tier 5 religious worker and want to extend your permission to stay if you have been here for less than 24 months, which is the maximum time you are allowed to stay.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-Government Authorised Exchange

The government authorised exchange category is for people coming to the UK through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice, and to experience the social and cultural life of the UK. This category must not be used to fill job vacancies or to bring unskilled labour to the UK.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you apply under the government authorised exchange category, you must have:

You can apply under the government authorised exchange category now if you are:

  • Applying for permission to enter the UK (known as ‘entry clearance’) under the government authorised exchange category;
  • Already in the UK under the government authorised exchange category and want to extend your permission to stay if you have been here for less than 12 or 24 months; or
  • Already in the UK as a student, student re-sitting an examination, student nurse, student union sabbatical officer, person writing up a thesis, postgraduate doctor or dentist or or Tier 4 (General) migrant and you want to switch into the government authorised exchange category to do work that is directly relevant to the qualification you have been studying for during your stay.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-International Agreement

The international agreement category is for people 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 or the European Union and another country or countries;
  • Employees of overseas governments and international organisations; and
  • Private servants in diplomatic households.

Eligibility Criteria

Before you apply under the international agreement category, you must have:

Tier 5 Temporary Worker-Youth Mobility Scheme

The youth mobility scheme is for young people from participating countries and territories who want to come and experience life in the UK. Every year, the UK government allocates a number of places on the scheme for each country and territory.

The countries and territories participating in the scheme, and the number of places or certificates of sponsorship allocated to them for 2013, are:

  • Australia - 35,000 places
  • Canada - 5,500 places
  • Japan - 1,000 places
  • Monaco - 1,000 places
  • New Zealand - 10,000 places
  • Republic of Korea - 1,000 places (certificates of sponsorship)
  • Taiwan - 1,000 places (certificates of sponsorship)

If you are a citizen or passport-holder of a country or territory listed above, and that country or territory has not used all its places for this year, you might be able to come to the UK under the youth mobility scheme. Your national government will be your ‘sponsor’ during your stay.

You can also apply under the scheme if you are a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas). You will not need a sponsor, and there is no limit on the number of places on the scheme.

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