Depending on your current immigration status in the UK, you can apply to change (‘switch’) to a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa.

The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category is for those seeking to stay in 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 switching into Tier 5 Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa if you:

  • want to seek leave to remain to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme
  • have a sponsor
  • meet the other eligibility requirements
  • You meet the immigration status requirement for successfully switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme

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.

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.

Who Can Switch Into Tier 5 Government Exchange Visa From Inside The UK?

You can apply for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa if you are a:

  • student, whether studying, re-sitting an examination or writing a thesis
  • student union sabbatical officer
  • student nurse
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • Tier 4 visa
  • sponsored researcher who came to the UK on a work permit and you want to continue in the same job with your sponsor

You must have completed a UK bachelor’s or master’s degree during your last grant of leave.

Same Day Visa Service For Switching Into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Visa

We provide Same Day Visa Service (also known as the Home Office Premium Service) for applications for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa from inside the UK. We can submit your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application through our Same Day Visa Service and can get a decision on your application in one day. As the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application also involves an application for Biometric Immigration Document, therefore the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange applicant and his/her dependents are required to attend the Home Office, Premium Service Centre to enrol their biometrics. You will be accompanied by our Legal Representative who will assist you with enrolment of biometrics and submission of your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application. Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application submitted through our Same Day Visa Service is usually decided the same day.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa. 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 application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa, 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 Home Office, UKVI in your application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application;
  • Assisting you and your employer with correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for successful switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category from inside the UK;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange leave and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application wherein our immigration lawyers will explain in detail the relevant requirements of the law and how such requirements have been duly satisfied by you for successfully switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category;
  • Submitting your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application to the Home Office, UKVI through our Same Day Visa Service to get a decision on your application in one day;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa;
  • Protecting your interests while your  Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you following receipt of the decision on your application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Visa

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 + VAT for our professional immigration services for an application for switching into Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange visa through our Same Day visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application, 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 Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange application. 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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