The UK Government Authorised Exchange visa (Temporary Work) is a type of visa that allows individuals to come to the UK for a temporary period to undertake work experience, training, or research as part of a government-approved exchange scheme.
To be eligible for this visa, an individual must have a job offer or placement with a licensed sponsor in the UK that is part of a government-approved exchange scheme. The exchange scheme must be designed to promote the sharing of knowledge, skills, and best practices between the UK and other countries.
If you need legal advice or help with your Government Authorised Exchange visa application, our experienced immigration lawyer can provide you with the help you need.
Table of Contents
- What is a Government Authorised Exchange visa?
- Requirements for Government Authorised Exchange visa
- Documents required for a Government Authorised Exchange visa
- How long you can stay in the UK
- Extension of Government Authorised Exchange visa
- Your partner and children
- Visa application processing time
- How can our immigration lawyer help you?
Requirements for Government Authorised Exchange visa
To be eligible for a UK Government Authorised Exchange visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- You must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for the job you are planning to do.
- You must be able to support yourself financially during your stay in the UK, without recourse to public funds.
- You must be 18 or over when you apply.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?
A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a document issued by a UK employer or sponsor to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) worker who is offered a job in the UK. It is a unique reference number that the worker needs in order to apply for a UK work visa.
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It's not an actual certificate or paper document. Your sponsor will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number. They must also give you some other information to help you to apply, for example, your working hours.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK. 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.
What documents are required for a Government Authorised Exchange visa?
You must provide the following documents when you apply for a Government Authorised Exchange visa:
- Your valid passport or travel document to confirm your identity.
- Your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) reference number.
- Evidence that you have enough to support yourself during your stay in the UK such as bank statements.
- A letter from a government or international scholarship agency giving you consent to remain in, or re-enter the UK.
This is a general list of documents. Depending on type of application and your personal circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents.
Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out the required list of documents in support of your application.
How long you can stay in the UK?
The visa is usually granted for a maximum period of 12 or 24 months, depending on the exchange scheme, and may allow multiple entries into the UK.
You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the date your job starts, as long as you do not arrive before the start date on your visa. You can stay in the UK for up to 14 days after the date your job ends, as long as you do not stay past the end date on your visa.
Extension of Government Authorised Exchange visa
Under certain circumstances, you may be able to apply for an extension of your Government Authorised Exchange visa from inside the UK. You should apply before your current visa expires.
To be eligible to apply for the extension of the Government Authorised Exchange visa, you must be in the UK and must continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Your partner and children
Your partner and children can apply to join you or to stay in the UK as your 'dependants' if they’re eligible. If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours.
Government Authorised Exchange visa processing time
You will usually get a decision on your Government Authorised Exchange visa within 3 weeks if you are applying from outside the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks if applying from inside the UK.
How can our immigration lawyer help you?
As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:
- assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
- advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
- assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
- advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
- complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
- submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
- prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
- upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
- dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
- do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.