You must be 18 or over when you apply and have both of the following:
- a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
- enough money to support yourself in the UK - you’ll usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you’re exempt)
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number.
You’ll need to add your certificate of sponsorship reference number to your visa application form - you can only use it once.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it’s assigned to you.
Money to support yourself
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
You’ll usually need to show proof of this when you apply, unless your sponsor can cover your costs during your first month in the UK, up to £1,270.
Read the guidance on financial evidence for more information about the money you need and how to prove it.
If your sponsor can support you instead
Your certificate of sponsorship must confirm this. Your sponsor will need to complete the ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’ section on your certificate. This is under ‘Additional data’.