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Tier 5 International Agreement

This immigration route is for individuals who are coming into United Kingdom within their contract to do such work that is covered under international law.

People that can apply for the Tier 5 temporary worker International agreement include persons who are not from the European Economic Area (EEA). If the application is successful, you will be working on jobs that are strictly within the international law; such kind of jobs include ones such as jobs in a foreign government’s house as a house servant or work in a diplomatic household.

Please note that you will also need to be sponsored with a CoS from an employer with a valid sponsor licence. As with every other sponsorship, you will only able to work for the employer that is sponsoring your visa; and the work has to be as per the terms of your Certificate of Sponsorship.

If you are looking to apply for this visa, you should normally apply at least three months prior to the date you are due to commence work. This is on the premise that the date on your certificate of sponsorship is the same that you are due to start work.

From the date of application to the date of your visa decision is normally 3 weeks. It is however important to check the current processing times especially if you are applying from outside the UK.

You will be allowed to come into the United Kingdom fourteen days prior to your start date as stated on your CoS.

It is important to note that, if your employment finished earlier than as stated on the CoS, your employer will need to inform the Home Office and they may then move to curtail your right to remain in the UK. If this happens, the Home Office will normally give you up to 60 days to leave the UK.

Work that are covered under international law include :-

  1. Work under the general agreement on Trade in Services
  2. Work based on trade agreement between the United Kingdom and other countries.
  3. Civil servants of other countries coming into the UK under a special arrangement with other countries and international organization's.
  4. Employees in diplomatic households

The length of time allowable on this route is usually up to two years or 28 days plus the time that you have stated on your CoS letter.

Applications that can be made here include:-

 

Switching Into Tier 5 International Agreement
Tier 5 International Agreement Visa Extension
ILR - Tier 5 International Agreement

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