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Temporary Work Visa UK

If you would like to work in the UK temporarily, the Temporary Work visa may be ideal for you.

This UK work visa allows you to work in the UK for a period of up to twelve months.

To find out how our immigration lawyers in Manchester can assist you to apply for a UK work visa, call an immigration advisor on 0161 826 9783.

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    What is a Temporary Workers visa in UK?

    If you live outside of the EEA (European Economic Area), you may be subject to immigration controls if you wish to live or work in the UK.

    One of the best visa routes for those who would like to work in the UK on a short-term basis – for 12 months or less – is the Temporary Worker visa.

    You can apply for a Temporary Worker visa if you want to come to the UK for work experience, training, research, a fellowship through an approved government-authorised charity worker visa, exchange scheme or an Overseas Government Language Programme.

    Whilst in the UK on a Temporary Worker visa, you will be able to work in the job described on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), study, take a second job for up to 20 hours a week and bring certain family members with you as dependents.

    You do have to have received a job offer from a licensed UK sponsor. If you are from a country which is eligible to participate in the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme, you may be able to gain entry into the UK without holding a job offer.

    Under this visa category, there are five different routes that you may apply for depending on which is most suitable for the temporary work visas you will be doing. The Temporary Worker visa allows only certain types of temporary workers to enter the UK for cultural, charitable, religious, sporting or international objectives.

    If you are looking to do an eligible job for an approved company where the job role is at or above a minimum skill level (RQF level 3, which is roughly equivalent to A-levels), then the Skilled Worker visa may be more appropriate.

    Our Manchester immigration lawyers have extensive experience in preparing and submitting Temporary Worker visa and other UK work visa applications to the Home Office.

    Allow us to alleviate the stress of moving to a new country by hiring the legal assistance of one of our specialist immigration advisors.

    Contact our immigration client care team today to discuss your options and arrange a consultation: 0161 826 9783.

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    Am I eligible for a Temporary Work visa?

    To qualify for a UK Temporary Work visa, you must be intending to work in a particular field.

    You can apply for a UK work visa listed below one of the following visa categories which fall under this points-based route:

    • Creative Workers – This is for those who work in the creative industries
    • Charity Workers – If you will be covering an unpaid voluntary role for a UK registered charity, this is a suitable visa route
    • Religious Workers – If you intend to preach or work in a UK monastery/convent by a religious order, this route is ideal for you
    • Government Authorised Exchange – This is for those who are nationals of a country which has signed an approved exchange scheme with the UK. Young foreign nationals via this exchange can participate in training, work experience or academic research in the UK
    • International Agreement – This is specifically for individuals who have received a job offer which is covered by international law, including diplomatic and embassy roles
    • Seasonal Workers – For those looking to work in horticulture or in poultry farming and processing at certain times of year

    To discuss which visa route is most suitable to you and your personal circumstances, contact one of our experienced immigration lawyers in Manchester on 0161 826 9783.

    Requirements for a UK Temporary Worker visa

    To apply for a Temporary Work Visa, you must ensure that you meet all necessary requirements first.

    Some of the primary requirements include:

    • You must hold a valid job offer from a UK-based institution (which has a valid UK Sponsor Licence)
    • You must have received a Certificate of Sponsorship from your sponsor
    • You must be able to demonstrate that you have at least £1,270 in savings, available within your bank account for 90 consecutive days prior to applying for this visa

    Once you have established whether you are eligible, your application must contain the sufficient level of supporting documentation to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria.

    UKVI will consider the following:

    • Knowledge of the role
    • That you have relevant experience in relation to the skills required to perform the role
    • Details of the UK Sponsor
    • Information regarding how you were recruited

    As with all visas under the points-based system, you must achieve the minimum required points in order to achieve a successful application and valid visa.

    Points are available to you if you:

    • Provide the Certificate of Sponsorship (this makes up 30 points)
    • Fulfil the maintenance requirement (this is worth 10 points)

    If you have any questions about your Temporary Workers Visa, our team is happy to assist. Contact Us

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      How do I apply for a Temporary Work Visa?

      All types of Temporary Worker visa must be applied for online via the website.

      You will not be able to apply for these visas by any other method.

      When applying online, you will have to fill in the online form and give your personal details. You may also have to attend an appointment at a visa application centre to give your biometric information in the form of your fingerprints and photograph.

      You will also have to provide your supporting documents to help prove your eligibility for your chosen visa.

      Temporary Work visa processing time and cost

      All types of Temporary Worker visa cost £298 to apply for.

      This fee is the same whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK.

      Note that there may be additional fees to pay alongside your application fee, such as if you need to have any documents officially translated, or if you wish to pay to have a faster decision made on your application.

      Applicants will also have to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge if they are applying from outside the UK to come to the UK for more than 6 months, or applying from inside the UK.

      This fee costs the equivalent of £1,035 a year.

      You will normally get a decision on your application within 3 weeks if you’re applying from outside the UK, or 8 weeks if you’re applying from inside the UK.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                The Youth Mobility Scheme is a branch of the Temporary Worker Visa which allows those aged between 18-30 to work in the UK for up to two years.

                It is important to note, however, that this route is only open to those who are from specific countries: Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Monaco, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republic of Korea.

                If you have children for whom you are financially responsible, you will not be eligible for this visa route to work in the UK.

                Similarly, if you have already participated in any other UK working holiday scheme, you will not qualify.

                You must have £2,530 worth of funds available to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme.

                Most types of Temporary Worker visa can be extended past their normal window of validity, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and have good reason for wishing to extend your visa.

                Seasonal Worker visas cannot be extended; if you are working in horticulture, you can only stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months. If you are working in poultry, you will only be able to stay in the UK between 2 October and 31 December in any given year.

                Our immigration experts in Manchester are highly qualified and have vast experience in all areas of immigration law – including the Temporary Worker visa.

                We recognise that UK immigration law can be extremely challenging to navigate, particularly post-Brexit.

                To alleviate some of the inevitable pressures, allow our immigration lawyers to take responsibility of your UK Temporary Worker visa application.

                We know what makes a successful application and which key errors to avoid. We are also aware of the required level of supporting documentation and can support you in compiling this.

                We are available in-person, via telephone or via online video call such as Skype.

                No matter where you are or what your immigration query, we’re here to help.

                To find out more about how our OISC-accredited immigration specialists can help with your Temporary Worker visa, contact our client care team on 0161 826 9783.