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Tier 5 (Government authorized exchange)

This tier 5 category is  designed for those people who wants to come to the UK through approved schemes that aim to exchange knowledge, experience and best practice through work placements, whilst experiencing the wider social and cultural setting of the UK.  It cannot be used to fill job vacancies or provide a way to bring unskilled labor to the United Kingdom.

Individual employers and organizations will not be allowed to sponsor migrants, even if they are licensed as sponsors under other tiers or categories of Tier 5.  There will be an overarching body to manage the scheme, which will be the sponsor, who will issue Certificates of Sponsorship.  Any work you undertake must be skilled.  Skilled work is defined in the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Guidance.

When the overarching body assigns a Certificate of Sponsorship, it will have guaranteed that you:

  1. are seeking entry to the United Kingdom to work or train temporarily here through an approved exchange scheme;
  2. do not intend to establish a business in the United Kingdom; and
  3. Meet the requirements of the individual exchange scheme.  
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