Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
replaced a number of provisions with five sub-categories:
These schemes allow you to undertake specific types of work in the UK
for a period of one year or for two years, depending on the scheme. You
must have a Tier 5 sponsor under the scheme of relevance to you. Your
Tier 5 sponsor must issue a certificate of sponsorship to you before you
can make your immigration application.
In order to find out more about any scheme that you are interested in, you should contact the Tier 5 sponsor to ask for full details of eligibility and how to apply. Tier 5 sponsors are listed together with Tier 2 sponsors. In order to find sponsors with the type of sponsor licence you are interested in, open the full list of Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors and search for Creative & sporting, Voluntary workers, Religious workers, Exchange or International agreements. There is a separate list of Tier 5 (Government authorised exchange) sponsors.
You must be able to show that you have held funds of £945 in an
account that is acceptable to the Home Office for a period of 90
consecutive days. Alternatively, you do not have to provide any evidence
of funds if your Tier 5 sponsor is A-rated and is willing to confirm on
your certificate of sponsorship it will maintain and accommodate you up to the end of the first month of your employment. The Sponsor may limit the amount but it must be at least £945.
Applying in the UK
In many cases, you cannot switch into this immigration category from
within the UK. Instead, you need to leave the UK and apply for entry
clearance. As an exception to this rule, you can make an
application to stay in the UK under Tier 5 (Government Authorised
Exchange) if you meet all the following requirements:
- you have student leave (Tier 4 (General) leave or leave under one
of the student-related categories that preceded the introduction of Tier
- you have obtained a UK recognised degree during your most recent grant of leave
- you are being sponsored under Tier 5 (Government Authorised
Exchange) either to undertake a period of postgraduate professional training or
work experience which is required to obtain a professional
qualification or professional registration in the same field as your UK
qualification or you are being sponsored for up to 12 months to undertake an internship which directly relates to your UK qualification
- your employer does not intend to employ you in the UK once your
training or work experience for which you are being sponsored has ended.
The only professional training schemes to which this provision currently applies are for
pre-registration optometrists. See further information on provided by the College of Optometrists. In order to find out which Tier 5 sponsors can offer internships, see the list of Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) schemes and contact relevant sponsors to obtain full details of their internship programme.
This route does not lead to settlement in the UK and time spent under Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) cannot be combined with time under other work categories that do lead to settlement, for example, Tiers 1 and 2.Settlement under the long residence rule requires 10 years of continuous lawful residence in the UK with any type of immigration permission. For information about applying under the long residence rule, see the guidance for Home Office caseworkers.
The following family members can join you or stay with you in the UK:
- spouse or civil partner
- unmarried partner or same sex partner who is not a civil partner
- children aged under 18 if they are outside the UK or children of any age if they are applying in the UK and they are not leading an independent life. A child aged 18 or older must already have leave as your dependant.
The funds requirement for family members is £630 per person. The money must have been held at the correct level for 90 days before the date of the application. See the policy guidance for Points Based System dependants for more information.