Tier 5 Visas

Temporary Workers and Youth Mobility Scheme

Tier 5 of the Points Based System is for Temporary Workers in various categories, and for the Youth Mobility Scheme which is open to nationals of certain countries only.

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) has five categories:

  • Creative and sporting – for those coming to the UK for up to 12 months as sportspeople, entertainers or creative artists
  • Charity workers – for those coming to the UK for voluntary work with a charity that is a Tier 5 sponsor
  • Religious workers – for those coming to the UK as religious workers, including preaching, pastoral and non-pastoral work
  • Government authorised exchange – for those coming to the UK through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice between nations
  • International agreement – for those coming to the UK under contract to provide a service under international law (such as employees of overseas governments and international organizations, or private servants in diplomatic households)

Each category requires a licensed Tier 5 sponsor to sponsor you and issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

To be eligible for a visa under Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) you must score 40 points:

  • Having a valid Certificate of Sponsorship – 30 points
  • Having sufficient funds (‘Maintenance’) – 10 points

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Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) is for young people from participating countries.

These countries have signed an agreement with the UK to act as the sponsor for their young people who apply under the scheme.

Successful applicants are granted a visa for two years, during which time they can work in the UK in any capacity, except for certain forms of self-employment, working as a professional sportsperson/coach or working as a doctor/dentist in training.

Applicants must gain:

  • 40 points for ‘Attributes’ – 30 points for citizenship of a participating country, and 10 points for age (you must be 18 or over and under 31)
  • 10 points for ‘Maintenance’ – you must hold a certain set amount in your personal bank account on the date of application.

Why not use Nikki’s expertise and inside knowledge to get it right first time? She’d love to work with you!


About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.