Tier 5 - Sponsored Interns, Charity Worker and Religious Workers

The Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa is a somewhat unusual visa category.  It allows interns to come to the UK to work, sponsored by one of the authorised schemes.

Rather than the UK employer having a sponsorship licence, the scheme provider stands as the overarching sponsor of the Tier 5 intern. The maximum period of stay is either 12 or 24 months, depending on the scheme. 

If you are looking to host a recent graduate as a paid intern, then we will advise on the most appropriate scheme and will liaise with the scheme provider on your behalf to help you bring the internship plan to fruition.

The Tier 5 (GAA) is also the category which allows universities to sponsor post-doctoral researchers

The Tier 5 (Charity) visa is for those coming to do unpaid voluntary work for a UK charity.  If you are a registered charity you can obtain a Tier 5 (Charity) sponsor licence and then sponsor your volunteers to spend up to 12 months working for you.

We can advise on the parameters of the charitable worker scheme, assist with obtaining the Tier 5 sponsor licence, if you do not already have one, and help with the visa application by the voluntary worker.

Similarly, the Tier 5 Religious Worker visa is for those who are coming to the UK to do religious work, such as preaching or working in a religious order, for up to 24 months.

We can advise on the religious worker scheme, assist with obtaining the Tier 5 licence, if you do not already have one, and help with the visa application by the religious worker.