Tier 5 Short Term Work Visa

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Tier 5 Short Term Work Visa

Tier 5 visa is also known as short term work visa which is issued for 2 years during which the applicant can work or study in the UK. However, the applicant cannot use public funds or work as a professional sportsperson, doctor or dentist. Also, A UK work visa does not allow to bring family members to the UK as a dependant.

The applicant has to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Be a passport holder of a participating country
  • Have sufficient funds at your disposal
  • Not have been granted the visa previously
  • Intend to return home after living and working in the UK for two years

It should be noted that the Tier 5 visa is not renewable, which means the extension from inside or outside the UK is not possible.

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Switching from a Tier 5 visa: Applying from within the UK

The easiest way to stay in the UK without having to return to your home country is to be in a relationship with someone who already qualifies to live and work in the country. Below are the three most common categories.

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Partner of a UK Ancestry visa holder

If you are married to (or in a relationship with) an Ancestry visa holder, you may be added as a dependant on their visa. And as a bonus: When the UK Ancestry visa holder qualifies for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), you will be eligible to apply for ILR at the same time.

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Partner of an EEA family permit holder

For people who are married to (or in a relationship with) an EU national, you can apply for the EEA Family permit using the EEA (PR) form.

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UK spouse visa

If you are married to (or in a relationship with) someone who is British or has settled status in the UK, you may apply for a UK partner visa. This visa covers three different statuses: Married partners, unmarried partners and fiancés.

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Switching from a Tier 5 visa: Applying from your home country

If you qualify for either of these two visas, you will need to return to your home country to apply for them if hold a Tier 5 visa.

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Tier 2 work permit

If you have received a job offer or sponsorship while on your Tier 5 visa in the UK, you can apply for a work permit. When your Tier 2 visa expires, you may apply for a Tier 2 visa extension, provided you meet all the necessary criteria. You must be present in the UK to extend your visa.

Contact our immigration advisor for detailed advice.