Tier 5 Temporary Workers

This posts provides an overview about the routes available to migrants who want to come to the UK to do temporary work for a licensed Tier 5 sponsor.

If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, the EU section describes your right to work in the UK.

If you are a national of a country outside the EEA or Switzerland (except Turkey), you will need to apply for a visa under Tier 5 of the points-based system.

This text is an adapation of the contents of the UKBA website.

To be able to apply for a visa under most Tier 5 categories, you must have a job offer from a licensed sponsor, and you must pass a points-based assessment. There are different requirements under the Youth mobility scheme.

Before you apply, you should read the eligibility requirements for your category in full on the UKBA website.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker categories that are open to applicants overseas:

Temporary Workers
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 be suitably qualified to do the job. 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker –  Charity Worker 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. 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Religious Worker 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. The work in a religious order must be in the order itself or outside work directed by the order. You can apply if you are a novice whose training means taking part in the daily community life of the order.
245ZM-245ZS
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.Your sponsor will be an overarching body who manages the government authorised exchange scheme. This overarching body must have the support of a UK government department.Individual employers and organisations will not be allowed to sponsor migrants in this category, even if they are licensed as sponsors under other tiers or other categories of Tier 5. The only exceptions to this are if you are coming to the UK:

  • as a sponsored researcher, where the higher education institution you are coming to work at will be your sponsor; or
  • to work for a government department or agency.

Any work you do must be skilled which means it must be equivalent to NVQ or SVQ level 3 or above. This is unless you are taking part in the scheme set up as part of the European Union’s lifelong learning programme, where you can do vocational education and training at a lower skill level.

You may be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months under this category, depending on the scheme you are using and the length of time of your work as shown on your certificate of sponsorship.

245ZM-245ZS
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 and another country;
  • employees of overseas governments and international organisations; and
  • private servants in diplomatic households.
245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Youth Mobility Scheme(also see our separate post on this scheme here) 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 allocated to them for 2012, are:

  • Australia – 32,500 places
  • Canada – 5,000 places
  • Japan – 1,000 places
  • New Zealand – 10,000 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places
  • Republic of Korea – 500 places

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.

245ZI – 245ZL

PBS Tier 5 Temporary Worker Application Forms and Guidance:

Please note that, in terms of application forms, most applicants need to complete an electronic form. The forms listed in the table below are printed, handwritten forms. UKBA’s country finder tool will tell you if you have to submit an electronic of printed form. If you need to complete an electronic form, the application system will automatically generate the correct form for you. Please note that you will still need to print out your electronic form, and sign and date it! Please also note that all applicants, whether they need to complete an electronic form or not, have to submit a handwritten Appendix. The PBS Appendices are not (not) available via the on-line application system. You can find UKBA’s country finder tool here, and the on-line application system here.

Visa Category Application

Form

Guidance to complete form Supporting Documents Guidance PBS Policy Guidance Additional form (Appendix) to be completed Paragraph Immigration Rules
Tier 5 Temporary Worker- Creative and Sporting VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker –  Charity Worker VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Religious Worker VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – International Agreement VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here and, in case of domestic worker in diplomatic household, see Note 4 below 245ZM-245ZS
Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Youth Mobility Scheme VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245ZI – 245ZL

Note 4: Tier 5 – Temporary Worker International Agreement – Domestic worker in a Diplomatic Household. In addition to the Appendix, which you complete yourself, your (diplomatic) employer will need to complete and sign the form in the Annex of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Policy Guidance document.

Remember, immigration law is complex and subject to continuous change. The information provided here may be out of date, or just based on personal experience/knowledge. The use of these pages is therefore entirely at your own risk. Before applying for any type of visas, you should always seek information from the authorities direct via their official websites. You will find some useful website details on our Links page.

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