Temporary Work Visa Routes – including the new Temporary Global Business Mobility Routes

If you wish to come to the UK for a short period of time as a Temporary Worker you will need a Temporary Worker Visa. In order to be eligible, you normally need to have a sponsor, you must meet the criteria as set out in the Immigration Rules.

There are various different types of Temporary Worker Visas we can advise you on the most suitable application depending on your circumstances. The full list is as follows:

  • Charity Worker – the Charity Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to do voluntary work for up to a maximum of 12 months.
  • Creative Worker – the Creative Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to work within the creative sector. A Creative Worker is someone who can make a unique contribution to the UK’s rich cultural life, for example, as an artist, dancer, musician or entertainer, or as a model contributing to the UK’s fashion industry. A person can be granted permission for up to 12 months initially and can apply to extend their stay up to a maximum of two years if they are still working for the same sponsor.
  • International Agreement – route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to provide a service covered under international law, such as private servants in diplomatic households or employees of overseas governments and international organisations.
  • Government Authorised Exchange – this route is for a person who wishes to come to the UK on one of the approved schemes listed in Appendix Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange.
  • Seasonal Worker – this route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to do seasonal horticulture work. A person on the Seasonal Worker route can stay for a maximum period of six months in any 12-month period.
  • Religious Worker – route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to support the activities of religious institutions by conducting religious work such as working in a religious order or undertaking non-pastoral work for a religious organisation. A person on the Religious Worker route can stay in the UK for up to a maximum of two years.
  • Global Business Mobility (GBM) routes:
    • Graduate Trainee – this is for employees being transferred to the UK by their overseas employer as part of a graduate training programme for a managerial or specialist role with their overseas employer; it has replaced the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route.
    • UK Expansion Worker – this is for overseas workers establishing a branch or subsidiary of their overseas employer in the UK; it has replaced the unsponsored sole representative provisions of the Representative of an Overseas Business route.
    • Service Supplier – this is for overseas workers providing a service under contract to a UK business as a contractual service supplier or an independent professional under an eligible trade agreement; it has replaced the provisions for contractual service suppliers and independent professionals on the International Agreement route.
    • Secondment Worker (this is a new route from 11 April 2022) – this is for overseas workers being seconded to the UK as part of a high-value contract or investment by their overseas employer.

If you wish to apply for a Temporary Worker Visa, we can assist you by advising you on the process, assessing the merits of any application and ensuring that all required documents are submitted to prevent delay.

Contact us for a quote if you are seeking advice on any of the above-mentioned routes.