UK Temporary Worker - Creative Visa

A Guide to the Creative Work Visa UK

Do you wish to showcase your creative talents in the UK? The UK Temporary Worker – Creative visa is designed to help you accomplish this dream. This visa type permits individuals in the creative industry to work in the UK for up to 12 months.

This guide simplifies the complexities of the temporary work creative worker visa, detailing everything from eligibility criteria to application steps and how Immtell can guide you through it all.

A Closer Look at the UK Temporary Worker - Creative Visa

The Creative Work Visa UK allows individuals involved in the creative industry, such as artists, entertainers, and musicians, to work in the UK. The visa is valid for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension under certain circumstances.

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Eligibility and Application Requirements

The eligibility and application requirements for the UK Temporary Worker – Creative Visa are quite specific:

You will make a unique contribution to the UK labour market, i.e., you are internationally renowned or required for continuity.
You will be paid the minimum salary set by Equity, PACT or BECTU (except for models, musicians or circuses).
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 dependent family member applying.


Initial work 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.

It is permitted to switch into the Creative Worker visa type, if ALL of the following apply:

  • You are in the UK as a Visitor or for a Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE); and
  • You have been doing permitted activities in the creative sector; and
  • Your sponsor gave you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) before you entered the UK

Unfortunately, the Creative Temporary Worker work 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 should be made from abroad, either from your country of nationality or legal residence. Unless you are eligible to switch into this category (see above).

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 (Creative) 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 Immigration Services Can Streamline Your Creative Work Visa UK Application Process

Navigating the temporary work creative worker visa application process can be complex. At Immtell, we strive to simplify this journey. Our experienced team is committed to guiding you through the entire process, ensuring you understand the requirements and assisting you with your sponsorship acquisition.

We prepare your application with the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) rules in mind, providing dedicated and high-quality immigration services that give you the best chance of success. With Immtell, you can rest assured that your creative work UK visa application will be processed swiftly and efficiently.

Embark on your creative journey to the UK without stress. Contact us today, and let’s get your UK Temporary Worker – Creative Work Visa application started. With Immtell, you are one step closer to making your UK creative aspirations come true.

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