Temporary Worker - Charity Worker visa (Tier 5)

Overview

You can apply for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) visa if:

Sponsorship

You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer before you can apply to come to the UK to work.

The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation.

How long it will take

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before the date you’re due to start work. This date is on your certificate of sponsorship.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Check the guide processing times to see how long getting a visa might take in your country.

Fees

How much you pay for a visa depends who you’re applying for.

Who you’re applying for Fee
You £244
If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia £189
All dependants £244 each

Healthcare surcharge

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

If you’re applying to extend in the UK

You’ll need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

Get a faster decision on your application

If you’re applying to extend in the UK you can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service. You’ll get a decision:

Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.

How long you can stay

You can stay for up to 12 months or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 28 days, whichever is shorter.

You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the start date of your job.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

You cannot:

  • receive any payment for work
  • take a permanent job
  • get public funds