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Temporary workers | Work Visas to the UK

This section contains information about the routes available to temporary workers (Tier 5) who want to come to the United Kingdom to do temporary work for a licensed sponsor. Complete our visa assessment form to check which Temporary worker visa you would be eligible. Click here to complete this

You should consult with us before applying under one of the immigration categories, please e-mail us your query to or call us on 0207 237 3388.

PBS Tier 5 (Temporary worker) category includes:

  1. Charity worker;

  2. Creative and sporting;

  3. Government authorised exchange;

  4. International agreement;

  5. Religious worker.

The Tier 5 Work Visa category is for temporary workers in the UK including the new Youth Mobility Scheme, which replaces the UK Working Holiday Visa. The Tier 5 visa category is for people outside the United Kingdom who want to come to the country to work temporarily.

Applicants under these categories must be coming to the UK with a job offer for specific, short-term employment with a licenced sponsor under the points-based system. You must have both a sponsor and a valid Certificate of Sponsorship before applying.

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is for young people to experience life and work for up to two years in the United Kingdom, and does not require a sponsor or specific job offer. The young person is sponsored by his or her own Government.

The applicant must score 40 points by scoring:

  • 30 points for having a valid certificate of sponsorship under paragraphs 105 to 112 of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules and 

  • 10 points for meeting the maintenance requirement under paragraphs 8 to 9 of Appendix C of the Immigration Rules.

Initial and extension applications
Maximum of six months in any 12 month period for:

  1. an international agreement for those providing a service under contract as set out in the General Agreement on Trade In Services (GATS) and other similar trade agreements.

  2. Maximum of 12 months for charity workers, creative and sporting workers, government authorised exchange for those who were granted entry clearance in a work experience programme under the Immigration Rules in place on or after 6 April 2012, creative workers can apply for an additional 12 months leave to remain to take them to maximum 24 months.

  3. Maximum of 24 months for: international agreement except for those providing a service under contract as set out in the General Agreement on Trade In Services (GATS) and other similar trade agreements, religious workers, government authorised exchange for those who were, granted entry clearance in that capacity under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2012 or were granted entry clearance in a research programme, training programme or overseas government language programme under the Immigration Rules in place on or after 6 April 2012, and overseas government employees and employees of international organisations can extend up to two years at a time up to a maximum of six years.

Other visa categories that are explained in this section:

  1. UK ancestry visa, click here to read more information on this temporary work visa. 

  2. Turkish nationals, click here to read more information. 

  3. A representative of an overseas company, click here to read more information on how you can obtain that working visa


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