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Creative and Sporting frequently asked questions (FAQ)

You are eligible for the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) visa category if you: • Have been offered employment as a sports person or creative worker • Are a citizen of a country not among the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland • Fulfill the other qualification criteria.
Any individual that takes up job in the creative industry like a musician, actor, dancer, film crew member.
For you to be considered for entry as a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) you will be required to have a Certificate of Sponsor (CoS) from an authorized sponsor.
You are permitted to make an application for the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) visa three months prior to the day you are to begin your job in the United Kingdom. The date will be contained in your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Your application would normally be decided upon in three weeks after your submission. However to be sure of how long it will take for you to get your decision in your country, you can check the guide processing times of the United Kingdom Immigration.
The amount you will pay is dependent on your circumstance, your location and your way or manner of application. If you are applying for yourself you will be required to pay:
• if you are making your application from outside the United Kingdom you will pay £230 • If you intend to extend or switch by submitting your application via post you will pay £230 • If you intend to make an application for extension or switching via the premium service you will be required to pay £730
If you are a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia you will be required to pay:
• if you are making your application from outside the United Kingdom you will pay £175 • if you intend to extend or switch by submitting your application via post you will pay £175 • if you intend to make an application for extension or switching via the premium service you will be required to pay £675
if you have any dependant children for whom you wish to make an application you will be required to pay:
• if you are making the application from outside the United Kingdom you will pay £230 each • if you intend to extend or switch by submitted your application via post you will pay £230 each • if you intend to make an application for extension or switching via the premium service you will be required to pay £730 each
In addition to these payments you will be required to pay health surcharges together with your application. .
You may be granted entry into the United Kingdom for up to twelve months, or the time that is contained on your Certificate of Sponsorship including up to 28 days.
You are expected to begin your stay in no more than 14 days prior to the date contained on your certificate of sponsorship.
You will be permitted to:
• Study (to study some courses you will be required to have an Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate) • Take up work as specified in your certificate of sponsorship. • Take up another job in the same sector and level as the major job for a maximum of 20 hours weekly • Take up work as contained in the shortage occupation list for a maximum of 20 hours weekly • Take up work as a Sportsperson for the national team of your country as a broadcaster of sports if the reason for your entry is the sporting classification. • Enter the United Kingdom with family members.
You will not be permitted to:
• Have access to public fund • Begin a business venture of your own
To qualify as a sportsperson you will be required to impact significantly to the growth and development of sports at the top level in the United Kingdom. In addition you will also require:
• A Reference number of the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) • A savings worth £945 to evince that you are capable to support yourself. You are required to have held this money in the bank for 90 days prior to your application.

If your sponsor is A-rated and have stated that your maintenance will be fend for while you will during the course of your stay not lay claim to benefits won’t be required to have £945 in savings.
To qualify as a creative worker, you will be required to:
• Significantly impact the labour market of the United Kingdom • Reference number of the Certificate of Sponsorship • Receive in payment as salary a minimum amount as set by Equity, BECTU or PACT (excluding musicians, models or circuses)
If your sponsor is A-rated and have stated that your maintenance will be fend for while you will during the course of your stay not lay claim to benefits won’t be required to have £945 in savings.
Yes. If you seek to change your sponsor within the same sector or switch to a new sector, you will be required to make an application again as well as fulfill all the requirements.
Switching to a new sponsor does not change your duration of stay in the United Kingdom; you will still stay for the duration of time as contained in your visa.
You will require to be issued a multiple entry certificate of sponsorship from your employer (sponsor) if the job you are undertaking requires you to leave and return to the United Kingdom frequently.
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