What Is a Tier 5 Visa?


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A Tier 5 Visa is a visa that allows entry to work in the United Kingdom under certain circumstances. There are five categories: youth mobility scheme, creative and sporting, charity workers, government authorized exchange, and international agreement.

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What Is a Tier 5 Visa?
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The Youth Mobility Scheme applies to young people from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Monaco, and Taiwan who want to experience life in the United Kingdom.

The Creativity and Sporting requirement applies to athletes, creative artists and entertainers who plan to work or perform in the United Kingdom for up to 12 months.

Charity Workers may apply for a Tier 5 Visa if they are traveling to the United Kingdom to do volunteer work. The work must be related to the sponsoring organization. Religious works fall under this category and applies to pastoral or nonpastoral work.

The Government Authorized Exchange is for people traveling to the United Kingdom through approved schemes to share knowledge, experience and best practices.

The International Agreement category refers to people traveling to the United Kingdom under contract to do work covered under international law. Under the International Agreement, travelers may stay for up to 24 months or the time listed on the certificate of sponsorship plus 28 days, whichever is shorter.

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