Tier 5: temporary workers

There are 2 categories under the Tier 5 route:

  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker): is for workers to work in a variety of temporary roles with an organisation in the UK which will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives including volunteering and job shadowing. There are 5 sub-categories in this category:
    • Creative and sporting: is for sports people, entertainers or creative artists who have been offered work in the UK for up to 12 months
    • Charity workers: is for voluntary workers who wish to do unpaid work for a charity; it does not include those doing paid work for a charity
    • Religious workers: is for those who want to do religious work, such as, preaching or working in a religious order
    • Government authorised exchange: is for those who 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
    • International agreement: is for those contracted to do work covered by international law while in the UK, such as, working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household
  • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme): is a cultural exchange scheme which aims to promote the UK overseas and to encourage trade and tourism – it allows young people, aged between 18 and 30, to travel to the UK for mainly noneconomic reasons, and offers young migrants from participating
    countries and territories, opportunities to work temporarily while experiencing life in the UK