Understanding the Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Government Authorised Exchange) Visa

Earlier this year the UK Government announced a new addition to the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange scheme visa allowing Science research to fall within its jurisdiction. The UK Government announced the introduction of the UK Research Innovation Science, Research and Academia scheme which allows non-EEA researchers, scientists and academics to come to the UK for a period of two years.      

Who should apply for the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa?

The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa is for anyone who would like to come to the UK for a short period of time to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or fellowship through an approved government authorised Scheme. There are a number of approved Tier 5 Government Authorised exchange schemes which can be found under Appendix N of the Immigration Rules.

In order to apply for this visa, Applicants are required to find a Sponsor prior to applying and must have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship from a registered Sponsor Licence holder from the UK. The work, training or research (in an approved scheme) must relate to your Sponsor’s primary source of work. The Applicant must be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. In addition to this, Applicants must have £945 in savings to demonstrate that they will not be a burden on the public purse. If you are unable to show the minimum balance required for maintenance you can ask your Sponsor to certify your maintenance as long as they have an A-rated Sponsor Licence. The Home Office usually provide a decision on a Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Government Authorised Exchange) Visa within 3 weeks of the date of submission.

What can and can’t you do on the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa?

If your Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa is approved Applicants can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months. The length of your visa will depend on the scheme you are applying under or the time given on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or whichever is shorter. You can arrive 14 days before the start date of your scheme.

Once you arrive in the UK on a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa you may participate in the following activities:

  • You can study if you have been assigned a certificate from an Academic Technology Approval Scheme; or
  • You can work if you have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship and also do a second job for up to 20 hours per week; or
  • You may be able to apply to switch into a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa; and
  • You can apply to bring your family members with you to the UK.

However, there are some activities which are prohibited under the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa and they are as follows:

  • You cannot apply to receive the benefit of public funds;
  • You cannot study at a Tier 4 Institution unless they are participating in one of the approved schemes; and
  • You cannot participate in or accept a permanent job.

If you are unsure what activities are permitted or prohibited on the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa please contact our specialist immigration team for further advice.

Using Legal Representation to submit a successful Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Government Authorised Exchange) Visa applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.

The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successfully submit a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa application

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of an application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to a successful application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss your immigration matter or application.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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