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A Comprehensive 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.

In this guide, we simplify the complexities of the temporary work creative worker visa, detailing everything from eligibility criteria to application steps and how Immtell can be your guide 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.

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 are required for continuity
You will be paid the minimum salary as 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 with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), this is like an online UK work permit
You must have held £1,270 in savings for 28 days prior to the date of application, or an A-Rated Home Office sponsor may certify that they will provide this on the CoS. Further funs must be held for each dependant 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 £259.  In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which is £624 per year of the visa duration.

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require. Please see the options below or contact us for further information.

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.