Temporary Worker visas are available to different categories of temporary workers to enter and remain in the UK, generally for the purposes of temporary work but also (in some cases) to experience UK life and culture:
Eligibility varies depending on the category of visa. However, there are some similarities:
Most Temporary Worker visas require the applicant to have a job offer from a licensed sponsor before they apply for their visa. The exceptions are the Youth Mobility and Indian Young Professionals visas.
It can typically take around three weeks to process your application. UK immigration rules can change, and the precise steps and requirements may change so seek legal advice before applying. Normally the process is:
• Secure a job offer from a UK employer that has been licensed to sponsor visas. Your sponsor will give you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) reference number.
• Make an application online through the official UK government website. You will need your CoS reference number, bank statements (confirming availability of your maintenance funds) and any other information to show that you meet the eligibility requirements of your visa route.
• Pay the appropriate Home Office application fee.
• Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) (if you are applying to stay in the UK for more than six months)
• After submission, provide your fingerprints and a photograph (“biometric information”) at a visa application centre in your country of residence.
• Submit your passport (unless you pay the visa application centre an extra fee for you to retain this while your application is considered).
Some categories cannot extend their visa past the maximum period including the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (except Youth Mobility visa holders from New Zealand who can apply to extend their visa by one additional year) and the Indian Young Professionals Scheme. All other categories of Temporary Worker may extend their visa if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Seasonal Workers cannot switch onto another visa from within the UK. If you have another Temporary Worker visa, you may be able to switch from within the UK to another visa route, based on the requirements of that particular visa.
You must first be licensed by the Home Office to sponsor overseas workers.
Tier 5 no longer exists although it previously used to cover Temporary Worker visas. There are new immigration routes available to cover Temporary Worker visas which are described in this page.
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