Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting visa (Tier 5)

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) concession

You can enter the UK without applying for a visa in advance if you:

You must still meet the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) visa eligibility criteria.

You will not be able to extend your stay while you are in the UK, or switch to another Tier 5 temporary worker visa or Tier 2 general work visa.

You can switch to a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa if you are sponsored as a professional footballer.

Your family members can travel with you if they also do not normally need a visa to enter the UK as a visitor.

When you arrive in the UK

You must see an immigration officer when you arrive in the UK - do not use the automatic ePassport gates. The officer will check:

You will not be allowed to work if you use an automatic ePassport gate. You must see an immigration officer.

If you enter the UK from Ireland

If you’re travelling to the UK from Ireland using the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) concession, you must apply for remote clearance at least 72 hours before you arrive in the UK.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • study (for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate)
  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in the same sector and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • do a job on the shortage occupation list for up to 20 hours per week
  • work as a sportsperson for your national team while it is playing in a British University and College Sport (BUCS) competition
  • work as a sports broadcaster
  • bring your family

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • start your own business
  • extend your stay or switch to another visa