1. Overview

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


You need to be sponsored - ie 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

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

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.


How much you pay for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.

Who you’re applying for Apply (outside the UK) Extend or switch by post in the UK Extend or switch in person in the UK (premium service)
You £225 £225 £625
If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia £170 £170 £570
All dependants £225 each £225 each £625 each

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.

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 can’t do

You can:

You can’t:

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