This category is for those coming to the United Kingdom through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice through work placements, whilst experiencing the wider social and cultural setting of the United Kingdom. This category cannot be used to fill job vacancies or provide a way to bring unskilled labour to the United Kingdom.

You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa if you:

Eligibility Criteria

For you to apply for entry clearance under Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme category, you must have both of the following:

  • a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) reference number from your UK sponsor
  • £945 in savings - this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. You won’t need £945 in savings if your fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor has stated on your certificate of sponsorship that they’ll certify your maintenance and that you won’t claim benefits during your stay.

This category must not be used to fill job vacancies or to bring unskilled labour to the UK.

Your sponsor will be an overarching body who manages the government authorised exchange scheme. This overarching body must have the support of a UK government department.

Individual employers and organisations will not be allowed to sponsor migrants in this category, even if they are licensed as sponsors under other tiers or other categories of Tier 5. The only exceptions to this are if you are coming to the UK:

  • as a sponsored researcher, where the higher education institution you are coming to work at will be your sponsor; or
  • to work for a government department or agency.

Any work you do must be skilled which means it must be equivalent to NVQ or SVQ level 3 or above. This is unless you are taking part in the scheme set up as part of the European Union's lifelong learning programme, where you can do vocational education and training at a lower skill level.

You may be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months under this category, depending on the scheme you are using and the length of time of your work as shown on your certificate of sponsorship.

Types Of Schemes Under The Government Authorised Exchange Scheme

There are four types of scheme approved under the government authorised exchange sub-category:

Work Experience Programme

Work Experience Programme includes volunteering, job-shadowing, internships and approved work experience programmes.

Research Programme

Research programme includes only those working on specific scientific, academic, medical or government research projects at UK higher education institutions or other research institution operating under the authority and/or financial sponsorship of a relevant government department.

Overseas Government Language Programme

The overseas government language programme includes only schemes that are fully or partially funded by overseas governments or government sponsored organisations. They are for those undertaking development placements to build and / or enhance foreign language skills and foster good cultural relations in the UK.

Training Programme

The training programme includes only those receiving formal, practical training in the fields of science and/or medicine, those receiving training by HM armed forces or UK emergency services, or those:

  • who lawfully obtained a UK recognised bachelor or postgraduate degree (not a qualification of equivalent level which is not a degree) during their last grant of leave; and
  • being sponsored to undertake a period of postgraduate professional training or work experience which is required to obtain a professional qualification or professional registration in the same professional field
    as the qualification described above; and
  • who will not be filling a permanent vacancy, such that the employer you are directed to work for by the sponsor does not intend to employ you in the UK after the end of the training or work experience for which you are
    being sponsored.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance Under The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with entry clearance applications under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the British High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in your application for entry clearance under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Assisting your employer in correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Discussing your entry clearance application in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on the entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Assisting you with the preparation for an interview to be conducted by the Entry Clearance Officer in relation to your Entry Clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme and discussing with you the possible questions to be asked by the interviewing officer in relation to your application during the interview;
  • Protecting your interests while your  application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your entry clearance application;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and any further steps to be taken by you upon receipt of the decision from the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fee For Entry Clearance Application Under The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services for entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the entry clearance application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on the entry clearance application under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

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