Following are the various frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Tier 5 International Agreement visa category:

FAQs: Tier 5 International Agreement Visa

You can apply for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - International Agreement) visa if:

  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • you’ll be contracted to do work covered by international law while in the UK, for example working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

You will be granted leave to enter or remain:

  • for a maximum period of 24 months, or the time given on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days after the end date given on the Certificate of Sponsorship and up to 14 days before the start date, whichever is the shorter.

The exceptions to this are for those applying as:

  • private servants in diplomatic households and who were granted entry clearance in that capacity under the Rules in place before 6 April 2012 can apply for an extension for a maximum of 24 months at a time, up to a total of six years; or
  • private servants in diplomatic households who were granted entry clearance in that capacity under the Rules in place on or after 6 April 2012 can also apply for an extension for a maximum of 24 months at a time up to a maximum of five years or up to the length of their employer’s posting, whichever is shorter; or
  • employees of overseas governments and international organisations only, who can apply for an extension for a maximum of 24 months at a time, up to a total of six years.
  • Those providing a service under contract as set out in the General Agreement on Trade In Services (GATS) and other similar trade agreements such as the European Union (EU) - CARIFORUM economic partnership agreement, the EU – Andean multiparty trade agreement and the EU European Union - Chile free trade agreement, can only apply for a maximum stay of 6 months in any 12 month period.

You can apply to switch into a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - International Agreement) visa while you are in the UK if you want to continue working for your current employer and you:

  • have a work permit
  • work for an overseas government or international organisation

Tier 5 International agreement visa category is for those who are coming to the United Kingdom under contract to provide a service covered under international law, including:

  • private servants in diplomatic households;
  • employees of overseas governments and international organisations;
  • the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); and
  • similar agreements between the United Kingdom or European Union and another country or other countries.

Under Tier 5 (Temporary Worker- International Agreement), you must score:

  • 30 points for possessing a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (Appendix A of the  Immigration Rules); and
  • 10 points for Maintenance (Funds) (Appendix C of the Immigration Rules).

You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the job start date as given by your sponsor in your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

You can challenge the refusal of your Tier 5 International Agreement visa application by seeking Administrative Review (AR) of the Home Office UKVI decision.

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