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Government Authorised Exchange visa (temporary work) research or training

The Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange and International Agreements (GAE) visa allows applicants to come to the UK for work experience or training purposes.

This temporary visa category is well suited to researchers and academics who qualify under recognised schemes, as well as those studying within certain fields. Successful applicants can stay in the country for up to 12 months, with the option to extend to a maximum stay of 24 months dependent on the training scheme they are undertaking.

WH Solicitors offers a fast, friendly, and reliable service to individuals who wish to come to the UK on a temporary basis for training purposes. Our expert team of solicitors could help you to successfully apply for a Temporary Work Experience visa, working closely with you and your sponsor organisation to secure a positive outcome as quickly as possible.

Contact us, if you require help with this visa route.

 

Coming to the UK for Training & Work Experience – The Law

The Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange and International Agreements visa allows migrants to come to the UK for a temporary period to complete a work experience, training, research, or Overseas Government Language Programme through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.

Applicants must gain a Certificate of Sponsorship from an approved exchange scheme provider, higher education institution, or government department or agency before they can apply. A full list of approved GAE training schemes can be found in Appendix N to the Immigration Rules.

 

Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange visa – Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa applicants must:

  • gain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an organisation with a Sponsor Licence from the Home Office;
  • have enough in savings to support yourself when you arrive in the country;
  • prove you can travel, and show travel history for the past 5 years;
  • provide tuberculosis test results if you are migrating from a country listed in the Immigration Rules.

Applicants must also not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal. These are factors that the Home Office consider as signs of poor character, and include past prison sentences, association with known criminals, and immigration offences alongside other things.

 

The Points-Based Criteria

The T5 Government Authorised Exchange Worker visa uses the UK’s points-based immigration system to apply the above eligibility criteria. To meet the necessary requirements, applicants to this visa category must score 40 points from the following:

  • Up to 30 points for gaining a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licenced sponsor; and
  • up to 10 points for having the necessary funds to maintain themselves on arrival in the UK.

There is no requirement for Government Authorised Exchange Worker visa applicants to display knowledge and proficiency with the English language.  Applicants for visas in this category must still pay the UK’s Healthcare Surcharge.

 

Gaining Sponsorship for Training or Work Experience

Applicants for a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa are required to gain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licenced sponsor before they can make a full application. Only schemes that are supported by the UK government can act as a sponsor, and sponsors must be willing to guarantee that an applicant:

  • is seeking entry to the UK to work or train on a temporary basis through an approved exchange scheme;
  • does not intend to establish a business in the UK, and
  • meets the eligibility requirements of the exchange scheme.

Employers and private organisations are not permitted to sponsor applicants under the T5 Government Authorised Exchange Worker visa category, except where they are a higher education institution sponsoring a researcher under the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills’ Sponsored Researchers scheme, or under the UK Research and Innovation scheme.

Applicants can also be sponsored by a UK Government Department or an Executive Agency.

 

Temporary Worker Visa Conditions

Successful applicants who gain a Temporary visa can work for their sponsor in the job described on their Certificate of Sponsorship for an initial period of up to 12 months – with the potential to extend their stay for a further 12 months to a maximum total stay of 24 months. They can also:

  • study (for some courses an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate will be required)
  • take on a second role of up to 20 hours per week in certain circumstances, if it is in the same profession as their main job or is on the Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation list;
  • apply to switch to a Global Talent visa if they are in the government authorised exchange scheme for sponsored researchers;
  • bring an eligible partner and/or children into the UK.

Temporary Government Authorised Exchange visa holders are not permitted to:

  • take a permanent job; or
  • access public funds.

 

How We Can Help

At WH Solicitors we are experts in our field. Our professional team have years of immigration law experience and have assisted clients in making visa applications across all categories.

Our fast and reliable service gives visa applicants the strongest possible chance of getting their application approved. Acting as your trusted advisers, we will guide you through the UK’s immigration system and liaise with both your sponsor and the Home Office to secure visa clearance and compliance.

For more information, help, and support, contact our team today by calling (+44) 01483 608 786 or by emailing contact@whsolicitors.co.uk.

Temporary Government Authorised Exchange Worker Visa

FAQs

The Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Government Authorised Exchange route on 1 December 2020. The two visa categories have many similarities; however, the new Temporary Worker visa applies to both European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who arrived in the UK after 11 pm on 31 December 2020 and non-EEA nationals.

Yes, you can live and study full time in the UK with a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa provided that you are working in the role described in your Certificate of Sponsorship. You may also be able to take on up to 20 hours of extra work each week, provided that the additional role is the same as your sponsored job, or is on the Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation list.

You cannot take a permanent job with a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa.

A Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa will usually be issued for a maximum of up to 12 months, or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship plus up to 28 days – whichever is the shorter.

You may be eligible to extend your Temporary Worker visa for a further 12 months up to a maximum stay of 24 months.

Partners and dependants of a person who holds a UK Temporary Work visa can come to the UK in certain circumstances. The criteria for these applications vary depending on the category of visa held by your family member, spouse, or partner, but you must have a genuine and subsisting relationship with the long-term work visa holder, adequate accommodation, and access to funds to maintain yourself while living in the UK.

The contents of this webpage are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice. All information is correct as of the date of publication, and any individual or organisation should be careful to seek qualified advice from a specialist immigration lawyer before acting on any of the topics referenced by this content.