6. Switch to this visa
You can apply to change (‘switch’) to a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa.
You should apply before your current visa expires.
You can apply if you’re a:
- student, whether studying, re-sitting an examination or writing a thesis
- student union sabbatical officer
- student nurse
- postgraduate doctor or dentist
- Tier 4 visa
- sponsored researcher who came to the UK on a work permit and you want to continue in the same job with your sponsor
You must have completed a UK bachelor’s or master’s degree during your last grant of leave.
You must also have both of the following, whether you have the relevant qualifications or study time:
- a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
- £945 in savings in your bank account for 90 days before you apply, or confirmation from your sponsor that you will not claim public funds during your stay
|Who you’re applying for||Apply online or by post||Apply in person|
|If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£180||£770|
|All dependants||£235 each||£825 each|
How to switch your visa
You can either:
If you want to apply in person to get a quick decision, follow the instructions in the online application or form.
You can add dependants to your online application - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.
If you apply on the paper form, your dependants need to apply on their own.
You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo).
You can give your biometric information at:
- certain Post Office branches if you applied online (this costs £19.20)
- a premium service centre if you applied in person
You’ll get a biometric residence permit if your application to extend your visa is successful.
How long it takes
A decision will be made:
- within 8 weeks for online or postal applications
- usually on the same day if you use the premium service
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:
- if your supporting documents need to be verified
- if you need to attend an interview
- because of your personal circumstances, for example you have a criminal conviction
Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.