You can apply for a T5 International Agreement visa if are contracted to do work covered by international law while in the UK, for example working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household. Individuals in the UK on another immigration route are not permitted to switch (change immigration category) to the International Agreement Worker route. Those already in the UK with permission on the International Agreement Worker route can apply to extend their stay, up to the maximum permitted period, to continue in the same employment, if they meet the requirements.

Work Covered By International Law

To be covered by international law, your work in the UK must be any of the following:

  • covered by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • covered by similar agreements between the UK and other countries
  • for an overseas government or international organisation
  • as a private servant in a diplomatic household or in the household of an employee of an international organisation

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As specialist T5 International Agreement Worker visa solicitors, we can provide fast, friendly and reliable fixed fee immigration advice and representations for the following applications for T5 International Agreement Worker:

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FAQs - T5 Worker Visa As An Employee Of Overseas Government Or International Organisation

What are the eligibility requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

The applicant should meet the following requirements to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an overseas employee of overseas Government and International Organisation:

  • The applicant must have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) assigned to him by his T5 Sponsor.
  • The applicant must be under a contract of employment with the overseas government or international organisation.
  • The applicant must have personal savings so that he can support himself when he arrives in the UK.
  • The applicant can show that he can travel and his travel history over the last 5 years.
  • The applicant must not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal.
  • The applicant must have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
Can someone who is exempt from immigration control apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

The applicant must not be exempt from immigration control. Before granting T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an overseas employee of overseas Government or recognised international organisation, the Home Office UKVI will check to see if the worker may qualify for an exempt vignette. If they are not exempt, they can be sponsored on the International Agreement Worker visa route. 

What is the financial requirement to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either;

  • the applicant must have funds of at least £1,270; or
  • the applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the points based requirements to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay under T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?
  • If the application is for entry clearance as an employee of an overseas government or organisation, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • 24 months,
  1. whichever is shorter.
  • Unless paragraph IA 14.5 of Appendix T5 International Agreement Workers of the Immigration Rules applies, if the application is for entry clearance or permission to stay as an employee of an overseas government or international organisation, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their last grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 24 months,

whichever is shorter.

FAQs - T5 International Agreement Worker Visa Route

What is T5 International Agreement Worker visa route?

The International Agreement Worker 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, employees of overseas governments and international organisations, or under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or another agreement under which the UK has commitments.

For how long a person can stay in the UK under T5 International Agreement Worker visa route?

The maximum period of entry clearance that can be grantedon this route is 24 months at a time.

However, private servants in diplomatic households may apply to extend their stay for 24 months at a time up to a total of 5 years.

A Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) or Independent Professional (IP) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months
Is T5 International Agreement Worker visa route a route to settlement?

No, the International Agreement route is not a route to settlement.

Can I switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa from inside the UK?

Individuals in the UK on another immigration route are not permitted to switch (change immigration category) to the International Agreement Worker route.

FAQs - T5 Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS) Visa UK

Which countries are members and signatories of CARIFORUM agreement?

In the case of ‘CARIFORUM’, the relevant countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • St Lucia
  • The Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barbados
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dominica
  • St Kitts and Nevis
What are the relevant EU Countries for the purposes of T5 International Agreement worker for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?
Austria France Malta
Belgium Germany Netherlands
Bulgaria Greece Poland
Croatia Hungary Portugal
Republic of Cyprus Ireland Romania
Czech Republic Italy Slovakia
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
What are the relevant countries for "LDC Waiver" international agreement?
Afghanistan Guinea Nepal
Angola Guinea-Bissau Niger
Bangladesh Haiti Rwanda
Benin Lao People's Democratic Republic Samoa
Burkina Faso Lesotho Senegal
Burundi Liberia Sierra Leone
Cambodia Madagascar Solomon Islands
Central African Republic Malawi Togo
Chad Mali Uganda
Democratic Republic of Congo Mauritania United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti Mozambique Yemen
Gambia Myanmar Zambia
Who can apply for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS) visa for UK under T5 International agreement visa category?

You can apply for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) if you are employed by a company based outside the UK that has a contract to supply services to their sponsor in the UK. When a sponsor issues a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to a  contractual service supplier (CSS), they guarantee that service falls within scope of the commitments in the relevant agreement under which they are supplying a service. 

What are the relevant international trade agreements agreements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?
  • The General Agreement on Trade in Service (GATS)
  • UK-Chile Association Agreement
  • CARIFORUM-UKEconomic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Georgia Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Andean Trade Agreement
  • UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement
  • UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Switzerland Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility
  • UK-European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Least Developed Country (LDC) services waiver –these are additional commitments notified to the World Trade Organisation by the UK in respect of service suppliers of least developed countries
What are the points based requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
Can I switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) from inside the UK?

No, you cannot switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa as Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) from inside the UK and you have to apply for entry clearance from outside the UK.

For what period visa will be granted to me as a result of my successful application for entry clearance as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS)?

A Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months

FAQs - T5 Independent Professional (IP) Work Visa

What is T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Independent Professionals (IP)?

T5 International Agreement worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP) is for a self-employed person, with no commercial presence inside the UK and who has a contract to supply services to his sponsor in the UK. When a sponsor issues a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to an Independent Professional (IP), they guarantee that service falls within scope of the commitments in the relevant agreement under which they are supplying a service. The Home Office UKVI will check that the sector the service is being supplied in is included in the relevant agreement via the tables in Annex IAW1 of the Sponsor an International Agreement Worker guidance.

What is the financial requirement for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either;

  • the applicant must have funds of at least £1,270; or
  • the applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the relevant international trade agreements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?
  • CARIFORUM-UKEconomic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Georgia Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Andean Trade Agreement
  • UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement
  • UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Switzerland Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility
  • UK-European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Least Developed Country (LDC) services waiver –these are additional commitments notified to the World Trade Organisation by the UK in respect of service suppliers of least developed countries
What are the points based requirement for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay granted to an Independent Professional granted T5 International Agreement Worker visa?

An Independent Professional (IP) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months
Which countries are members and signatories of CARIFORUM agreement?

In the case of ‘CARIFORUM’, the relevant countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • St Lucia
  • The Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barbados
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dominica
  • St Kitts and Nevis
What are the relevant EU Countries for the purposes of T5 International Agreement worker as an Independent Professional (IP)?
Austria France Malta
Belgium Germany Netherlands
Bulgaria Greece Poland
Croatia Hungary Portugal
Republic of Cyprus Ireland Romania
Czech Republic Italy Slovakia
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
What are the relevant countries for "LDC Waiver" international agreement?
Afghanistan Guinea Nepal
Angola Guinea-Bissau Niger
Bangladesh Haiti Rwanda
Benin Lao People's Democratic Republic Samoa
Burkina Faso Lesotho Senegal
Burundi Liberia Sierra Leone
Cambodia Madagascar Solomon Islands
Central African Republic Malawi Togo
Chad Mali Uganda
Democratic Republic of Congo Mauritania United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti Mozambique Yemen
Gambia Myanmar Zambia

FAQs - T5 Worker Visa As A Private Servant In A Diplomatic Household

Who can apply for T5 International Agreement worker as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

You can apply for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household if you have been sponsored by the UK sponsor for your services as a private servant. 

What are the employment terms and conditions to apply for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?
  • The applicant must be paid at least the level of the national minimum wage throughout their stay.
  • The applicant must provide the evidence of employment terms and conditions as set out in Appendix 7.
  • The applicant must provide a signed statement from the sponsor confirming that the role will not constitute work done in relation to the employer’s family household within the meaning of regulation 57 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015.
  • The applicant must not intend to undertake any other role for the sponsor other than as a private servant in the specified household.
  • The applicant must intend to work full time in the role they are being sponsored for.
  • The applicant must not be a relative of the employer, or employer’s spouse, either by blood or by marriage (including but not limited to, the spouse or unmarried partner, child, parent, grandparent or sibling of either the employer or the employer’s spouse).
What are the financial requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either;

  • the applicant must have funds of at least £1,270; or
  • the applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the points based requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay in the UK under T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?
  • If the application is for entry clearance as a private servant in a diplomatic household, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • 24 months,
  1. whichever is shorter.
  • Unless paragraph IA 14.5 of Appendix T5 International Agreement Workers of the Immigration Rules applies, if the application is for entry clearance or permission to stay as a private servant in a diplomatic household, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their last grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 24 months,

whichever is shorter.

  • If the applicant is a private servant in a diplomatic household who has spent more than 3 years continuously in the UK as a T5 Temporary Worker and their application is for permission to stay, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their first grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 5 years,
  1. whichever is shorter.

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