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Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange Visa

The Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange Visa is for individuals who wish to come to the UK to take part in an approved training, internship, work experience or research programme, on a temporary basis.

If you are a temporary worker and you need to know whether this immigration route is right for you, it can be worthwhile to speak to a specialist immigration solicitor from the team at Latitude Law. There are many types of temporary work visas that might be suitable, depending on your aims in coming to the UK, and you must ensure you meet the relevant eligibility requirements for any route you intend to take, so legal advice can make a significant difference to your chances of success.

To speak to a solicitor about making an application for a Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange Visa, call us on 0044 161 234 6800 or 0032 258 958 278, or complete our contact form to request a call back.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange Visa, you will need to prove that you have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the role you plan to undertake, issued by a sponsor that holds a valid Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange sponsor licence.

Your sponsor can be any of the following:

  • an organisation running an approved exchange scheme
  • a higher education institution (if you are a sponsored researcher, visiting academic or examiner)
  • a government department or agency

You must also meet the following criteria and demonstrate that:

  • The role you are planning to undertake meets the requirements of an approved Government Authorised Exchange scheme;
  • The role appears in Table 1 or Table 2 of Appendix Skilled Occupations;
  • The role does not fill a vacancy in the UK workforce;
  • The role you are being sponsored to undertake is genuine;
  • You have sufficient personal savings to support yourself in the UK;
  • You meet general suitability grounds.

The exact requirements to be satisfied may vary depending on your circumstances.

Documents to provide

You will need to provide several legal documents to support your application. These include:

  • a valid Certificate of Sponsorship issued by a Home Office-approved sponsor for the role you plan to undertake
  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • evidence that you have sufficient personal savings to support yourself in the UK

Additional documents may be required depending on your circumstances.

How we can help

Applying for a visa to live and work in the UK can be a long, complicated process. Our team of solicitors have vast experience in immigration law and can offer help and support at every stage of the process. Whether you need assistance compiling documents for your application, or require legal help with the judicial review, administrative review or appeals system, Latitude Law will ensure you get the best possible chance of securing a successful UK visa. Contact us today to make sure you get expert legal guidance.

Contact us

Don’t take any chances when applying for a visa or sponsorship licence; the future of your business or your employees may be at risk if you neglect proper practice or fail to meet every legal requirement. Call Latitude now on 0044 161 234 6800 (Manchester) or 0032 258 958 278 (Brussels) and our expert immigration solicitors will help you break down the application process for your sponsor licence.

How we can help

Latitude Law is dedicated to helping employers and individuals understand and fulfill their legal obligations. Our award-winning immigration solicitors have been recognised by the Legal 500, Whos Who Legal and Chambers & Partners for our integrity and success when dealing with difficult cases.

When you call us, we will consult your situation and determine the best course of action. Our expert advice has helped many organisations and their people attain visas, and your business will benefit from our expertise and our thorough approach to this process.

Government Authorised Exchange Visa FAQs

The application fee for each person applying is £259. The fee is the same whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK. Applicants must also pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £624 per year.

You can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you are applying for) or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days, whichever is shorter.

You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the start date of your job.

Your partner and children can apply to join you or stay in the UK as your ‘dependants’ if they are eligible. If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours.

You, your partner and your children will each have to pay the application fee and the healthcare surcharge, and prove that you have enough personal savings to maintain your stay in the UK.

You can apply for a visa up to three months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Once you have applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you will usually get a decision on your visa within:

  • Three weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • Eight weeks, if you’re inside the UK

It is currently taking longer to get a decision on Government Authorised Exchange visas when you apply from outside the UK.

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A good friend of ours once said: “People do not employ lawyers because they help; they employ them because they make a difference”.

I’m convinced that referral to Latitude did jolt the Home Office into progressing consideration of the application, and it made all the difference.

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