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There are special visa routes for those migrant workers who come to the UK to work short-term such as seasonal workers or charity workers. This also includes the Youth Mobility route, for young people wanting to move to the UK temporarily to get work experience.
The Temporary Worker category is broken down into different categories. We will briefly explain them, and then focus on the Youth Mobility visa below.
What are the different Temporary Worker Visas?
1. Creative and sporting: for people coming to the United Kingdom to work or perform as sports people, entertainers or creative artists.
2. Charity workers: for people coming to the United Kingdom to do voluntary work and not paid work for a charity.
3. Religious workers: for people coming to the United Kingdom to work as religious workers, such as non-pastoral duties. People looking to fill roles which include preaching or pastoral work should consider applying for a Minister of Religion visa
4. Government authorised exchange: for people coming to the United Kingdom through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice.
5. International agreement: for people coming to the United Kingdom under contract to provide a service that is covered under international law.
6. Seasonal Workers: employers in the edible horticulture sector can access seasonal workers via an approved scheme operator. The Seasonal Workers Scheme is a two-year pilot route beginning in Spring 2019.
7. Youth Mobility Visa: young people from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan OR if you are a British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas) can apply for the Youth Mobility Visa if they satisfy certain conditions.
How long can I stay in the UK on a Temporary Worker visa?
Depending on which subcategory you fall under, you can stay in the United Kingdom for up to 24 months.
Is there a fee?
Yes. The application fee for all Temporary Worker visa is set at £244. The applicant will also have to pay the NHS healthcare surcharge as part of their application.
Who can apply for the Youth Mobility Visa?
You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you:
- want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
- are aged 18 to 30
- have £2,530 in savings. You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries
- meet the other eligibility requirements
Which countries qualify for the Youth Mobility Visa?
You can apply for a Youth Mobility visa if you are from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan OR if you are a British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas).
What am I allowed to do on a Youth Mobility Visa?
You can work in most jobs, study (though note that for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate,) and you can be self-employed and set up a company, as long as your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees
- work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach), doctor or dentist in training - unless you can show you qualified in the UK
- extend your stay
- access public funds
- bring in family members on your application - they must apply separately
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