UK Temporary Worker Charity Visa

A Guide to the UK Temporary Worker Charity Visa (Formerly Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa)

Whether seeking to make a positive impact through charity work or seeking valuable international experience, the UK Temporary Worker Charity Visa, formerly known as the Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa, is your gateway to the UK.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need about the visa, from requirements to sponsorship. We’ll still refer to it as the Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa, but please remember, its current official name is the UK Temporary Worker Charity Visa.

Understanding the Temporary Worker Charity Visa (Tier 5)

This visa category is designed for individuals who want to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity in the UK. It allows you to stay in the UK for up to 12 months and engage in specific types of work.

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Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible for the Tier 5 Charity Worker visa, there are certain criteria you must meet, including:

You must obtain sponsorship from an employer registered as Home Office sponsor. Upon sponsorship, you will be issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) like an online UK work permit.
You must have held £1,270 in savings for 28 days before the date of application, or an A-rated Home Office sponsor may certify that they will provide this on the CoS. Further funds must be held for each dependant family member applying.


Initial Charity Temporary Worker visas granted outside of the UK are usually for either up to 12-months or the period stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), whichever is shorter.

If sponsorship continues, it is possible to apply to stay for a maximum of 12 months.

Unfortunately it is not permitted to switch into this temporary worker visa category from within the UK.

Unfortunately, the Charity Temporary Worker visa does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.  Following the maximum time permitted in the UK, you will usually be required to leave the country.

Spouses or partners and children under the age of 18 may apply for visas to accompany you to the UK as your ‘dependants’.  Your spouse or partner should be permitted to work.

Initial applications must be made from abroad, either from your country of nationality or legal residence. It is not permitted to switch into the Charity Temporary Worker visa from within the UK.

UKVI aim to process visas as follows:

Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

  • Standard processing: 15 working days
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working days


Visa applications submitted inside the UK:

  • Standard processing: 8 weeks
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working day


Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available at the time of application.

The UKVI application fee is £298.  In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is £1,035 per year for the visa duration.

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require.


At Immtell, we understand the unique requirements of the Temporary Worker Visa (Charity) and offer tailored service packages to cater to various applicant needs.

  1. Comprehensive End-to-End Support: This extensive package is designed for those seeking complete guidance throughout the Temporary Worker Visa application process. From initial consultation to final submission, our team of experts ensures that every aspect of your application is carefully managed and fully compliant with visa regulations.
  2. Fast Track Service: Our Fast Track option is ideal for clients needing expedited processing. We respond to your questions within one working day and prioritise your application submission using the Home Office Priority Service, which is an additional fee. This service is perfect for applicants seeking a quick and efficient visa application process.
  3. Application Review and Feedback: Tailored for individuals who have prepared their visa application but require professional verification, this service includes a thorough review and detailed feedback. Our focus is on enhancing the overall quality of your application and ensuring it meets the specific criteria of the Temporary Worker Visa.

💡 Transparent and Customized Pricing: We offer clear, upfront pricing for each service package, allowing you to decide based on your budget and requirements.

📘 Need More Details? Please visit our FAQ section for additional information about the Temporary Worker Visa process and other related questions.

📞 Start Your Visa Journey with Confidence: Whether you require full support, rapid processing, or just a professional review, our services are designed to meet your specific needs. Contact us to discuss how we can assist in facilitating a successful Temporary Worker Visa application.

Immtell's Typical Professional Fees

Full Service

End to End Application Support
£ 1,500 + VAT
  • Eligibility assessment
  • CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) drafting and assigning (if required)
  • Advice on English language and TB test requirements (if applicable)
  • Application preparation and online submission
  • Appointment booking
  • Responding to queries from the Home Office
  • Review of issued documents
  • Post-arrival Biometric Residence Permit accuracy check

Fast Track

Fast Track - End to End Application Support
£ 1,700 + VAT
  • All the features of the Full Service
  • Guaranteed response to your queries within 1 working day
  • Expedited review of your documents and information
  • Speed through Home Office processing with Priority Service, subject to an additional fee. Quick, efficient, effective.
  • Review of issued documents and feedback provided within 1 working day
Best Value

Review Only

Expert Review of Your Application
£ 500 + VAT
  • Specialist review of your prepared application
  • Assess application against the relevant rules and legislations
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for improvement (if applicable)

How Immtell Can Help

Navigating the visa process can be complex. At Immtell, our experts are on hand to simplify this process, providing comprehensive guidance at every step. From understanding the UK charity work visa requirements to securing sponsorship, we are committed to ensuring your UK charity worker journey is a success.

Our dedicated team is skilled in handling all aspects of the Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa application process, helping you to compile the correct documents, ensuring your application complies with UK immigration rules, and preparing your case with the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) requirements in mind.

Ready to make a difference with your work? Please contact us today, and let’s get started on your UK Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa application process. With Immtell, a successful UK immigration journey is not just possible – it’s probable.

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