International Students must successfully apply for a Student visa before they can commence their studies in the UK. This short article provides an overview about the requirements for Student visas for foreign students intending to study in the UK. The relevant Immigration Rules that cover Student Visa applications are primarily contained in Appendix Student. A
T5 (Temporary Workers)
The T5 Temporary Workers Immigration category is for people who wish to work in the UK doing temporary work for short periods of time, ranging for a few months to 12 months at a time.
In certain sub – categories permission to remain can be given for longer periods of time. This Immigration route does not in most cases lead to Settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain.
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Temporary Worker – Charity Worker Visa (T5)
The Temporary Worker – Charity Worker (T5) Immigration category which replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker Visa), is for those intending to undertake unpaid voluntary fieldwork that contributes in a direct way to the development of a Charity’s charitable purpose in the UK.
Persons intending to apply for the Temporary Worker – Charity Worker (T5) visa will need to have obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from their employer.
Those in this Immigration category must carry out work set out in their CoS that is carried out by their employer, however this will not include roles in office administration, retail, sales or fund raising positions.
The maximum duration for a visa in this Immigration route is 12 months.
Your partner and children under 18 may be able to accompany or join in this visa category.
If you need advice and assistance on how you can obtain a Temporary Worker – Charity Worker Visa (T5), please contact our Immigration Department who will be happy to assist you.
Temporary Creating & Sporting Visa (T5)
Temporary Creating & Sporting Visas (T5) are for persons seeking to enter the UK to work in the creating or sporting sectors for a period of 12 months or less.
Usually a visa will be required, although non – visa nationals (persons not requiring a visa to enter the UK) may enter arrive without a visa were they intend to remain in the UK for less 3 months or less. In such cases the non – visa national would have already obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from their employer.
In all cases a CoS will be required before a Temporary Creating & Sporting Visa is issued.
Under this category there are also those who intend to enter the UK as creatives and others who wish to enter the UK as Sportspersons.
Creative Workers include those intending to seek permission to enter the UK to work or perform in the Creative sector. Examples of the Creative industry include musicians, dancer, actors and performers in theatre, film crew and fashion models.
In some cases group certificates can be issued for performers and their entourages.
It is also possible to have more than one Sponsor (Employer) where this is appropriate.
Where performers intend to participate in multiple events, this is a limit between how long there can be a gap between each performance.
Sports persons intending to enter the UK as Sporting Workers under the Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5) category, must be people who are internationally established at the highest level in their sport.
This immigration category includes people who are involved in playing or coaching a sport.
Sport persons include those who can make a significant contribution to the development and operation of their particular sport in the UK. Those in this category need to obtain an endorsement from a governing body before they can be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship from an employer.
Your partner and dependants under 18 may be able to accompany you or join you on this visa. In limited circumstances certain Standard Visitors may be able to switch into this category whilst they are already in the UK.
If you are a creative worker or Sports person and you are thinking of applying for a visa as a Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5), you can contact our Immigration Department for advice and representation.
Temporary Worker – Religious Worker Visa (T5)
The Temporary Worker – Religious Worker Visa (T5) is for religious workers undertaking supporting activities that are not leading roles such as performing rites, rituals and preaching. Clergy intending to perform leading roles should instead apply for Minister of Religion (T2) visa.
Religious workers employed abroad may apply using this Immigration route where employment is for a short period and forms part of their employment abroad. Persons in this visa category may carry out activities in the UK that may differ to that carried out abroad where they are employed. Those who may be able to apply using this route include, members of religious orders, which include monks, nuns or other similar communities and other religious workers.
If you intend to apply to enter the UK using this Immigration route, you should not have previously have had permission in the last 12 months to be in the UK as a Religious or a Charity worker.
The maximum amount of time you can stay on this visa is 24 months.
You may apply for your partner children under 18 to join or accompany in this visa category.
If you are unsure as to whether this is right Immigration category for you or if you want detailed advice or representation, you contact our experienced Immigration Department who will be ready to assist you.
Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5)
The Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5) Immigration category is for persons who intend to come to the UK as part of a UK government Department supported scheme for work experience, training, research, fellowship through an approved authorised scheme or language programme.
The objective of this Immigration category is to share knowledge, experience and best practice. The Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5) Immigration route cannot be used to fill job vacancies or bring unskilled labour to the UK.
Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5) sponsors must be a body that manages the exchange scheme with the support of a UK government department. Individual employers and organisation are not allowed to sponsor migrants on this route.
Work carried out with a T5 (GAE) visa must be skilled work.
It certain cases an Academic Technological Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate may be required.
The maximum time that can be spent on this visa is 12 or 24 months and will depend on the scheme to which you intend to apply.
If you require advice or assistance with a visa for a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5) visa application, you may contact our Immigration Department who are capable of dealing with any queries you may have.
Temporary Worker -Seasonal Worker Visa (T5)
The Temporary Worker – Seasonal Worker Visa (T5) is for persons intending to work in the edible horticultural sector through an approved scheme operator sector.
Seasonal Worker in this category may stay in the UK for a maximum period of up to 6 months during any 12 month period under the scheme.
The edible Horticulture sector includes those growing protected vegetables, field vegetables, soft fruit, orchid fruit, vine and bines, and mushrooms.
As with other categories under Temporary Worker (T5), those applying for a visa in the Seasonal Worker sub – category must obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK Sponsor (employer).
If you would like to apply for a Seasonal Worker Visa (T5) then please contact our Immigration department who would be happy to assist you or your employer with your application.
Temporary Worker – International Agreement Worker Visa T5
The Temporary Worker – International Agreement Worker visa T5 is for those who are employed or providing a service covered by international law or by a treaty to which the UK is a signatory, that intend to work in the UK.
The categories of persons who may potentially apply for an International Agreement Worker Visa T5 include those employed by Oversees governments and International organisations, Contractual service suppliers or Independent professionals under private servants in a diplomatic households may also apply under this Immigration route.
An ATAS Certificate may be required in limited circumstances but this will depend on the sub – category under the International Agreement Worker Visa T5 that you are applying under.
How long you can stay in the UK will depend on the sub – category under the International Agreement Worker Visa (T5) that you applied under. Only those who enter the UK as Private servants in a diplomatic household may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, if they have remain in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years.
If you would like to apply for the International Agreement Worker visa (T5) or extend your leave in this Immigration category please do get in touch with our Immigration Department.
Youth Mobility Scheme (T5)
The Youth Mobility Scheme (T5) is an Immigration category for nationals of selected countries and territories who want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.
To apply under this scheme you must be aged between 18 to 30 years of age.
You should also have sufficient savings which are required for those intending to apply under this Immigration route.
Persons with children under the age of 18 and those with children who they are financially responsible for, are ineligible to apply under the Youth Mobility Scheme.
Our Immigration Department is able to assist with applications under the Youth Mobility Scheme if you require this service.