There are six subcategories:
Creative and sporting – for people coming to the UK to work or perform as sports people, entertainers or creative artists
Charity workers – for people coming to the UK to do voluntary work and not paid work for charity
Religious workers – non-pastoral duties
Government authorised exchange – for people coming to the UK through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice
International agreement – for people coming to the UK under contract to provide a service that is covered under international law
Seasonal workers – a two-year pilot route that began in Spring 2019 enabling employers in the edible horticulture sector to access seasonal workers, via an approved scheme operator.
You can apply for a Government Authorised Exchange visa if you:
Want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme such as the Bar Council, Finance Ministries and Central Banks schemes, Foreign Language Assistants Programme
Have a licensed sponsor that is:
An organisation running an approved exchange scheme
A higher education institution (for sponsored researchers, visiting academic or examiner)
A government department or agency
Have a certificate of sponsorship for work, training or research in the UK related to the work of your sponsor
Are from outside the EEA and Switzerland
Have £945 in savings in your bank account for 90 days before you apply if you don’t have a fully approved A-rated sponsor
You can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months depending on the scheme you are applying for or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship.
Take a permanent job
Receive public funds
You can switch into a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa if you are in the government authorised exchange scheme for sponsored researchers
You can switch into this category if you are a student, whether studying, resitting an examination or writing a thesis, are a student nurse, postgraduate doctor or dentist, have a Tier 4 visa, are a sponsored researcher who came to the UK on a work permit and want to continue in the same job with your sponsor
Youth Mobility Scheme
This is a government sponsored scheme for young adults who want to live, work and travel in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years.
To apply you must be:
aged 18 to 30
have £1,890 in savings
a British overseas citizen, a British Overseas Territories citizen or a British national overseas or a national of one of the following countries:
Republic of Korea
sponsored if you are from the Republic of Korea
You cannot apply if you have:
children who live with you
children you are financially responsible for
already been in the UK under the scheme or in the former ‘working holidaymaker’ category
work as a professional sportsperson, doctor or dentist in training – unless you qualified in the UK
extend your stay
get public funds
bring in family members on your application – they must apply separately
Just like extending your visa, you also cannot switch from the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa to a different route in the UK. If you wish to move to an alternative visa route for the UK, you will need to return to your country of origin and apply for an alternative visa.
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