Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting visa (T5)

You must apply for a Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting visa (T5) if:

  • you have been offered work in the UK as a sports person or creative worker
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

A creative worker is someone who works in the creative industry, for example an actor, dancer, musician, or film crew member.

Please note: This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) visa.

Eligibility

Your eligibility for a Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting visa (T5) depends on whether you are a sports person or a creative worker.

Sports person

You need to make a significant contribution to your sport at the highest level in the UK to be eligible for this visa.

You will also need all the following:

  • a certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • enough money to support yourself in the UK - you will usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you are exempt)

Creative worker

You need all the following to be eligible for the creative category:

  • Make a unique contribution to the UK labour market, for example you are internationally renowned or are required for continuity
  • Certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • Be paid the minimum salary as set by EquityPACT or BECTU (except for models, musicians or circuses)
  • Enough money to support yourself in the UK - you will usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you are exempt)

Certificate of sponsorship

You need a licensed sponsor to give you a certificate of sponsorship before you can apply to work in the UK. A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It is not an actual certificate or paper document.

Please note: Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.

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