UK Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange Visa

Navigating the UK Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) Visa

Are you seeking to participate in a government-approved program for research, training or work experience in the UK? The UK Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) Visa offers this opportunity. The following guide will walk you through the essentials of the GAE Visa.

Understanding the UK Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) Visa

The GAE Visa permits international participants to visit the UK to share knowledge, experience, and best practices and experience the social and cultural life of the UK. It provides a chance to engage in an approved scheme for two years.

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The Essentials of the GAE Visa Application Process

The GAE visa application process involves crucial stages, including eligibility assessment, certificate of sponsorship procurement, and application submission. Our team at Immtell is adept at guiding applicants through each stage, ensuring an efficient and smooth application process. The basic requirements of the GAE visa are: 

You want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government-authorised exchange scheme.
You must obtain sponsorship from a registered GAE sponsor. Upon sponsorship, you will be issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), like an online UK work permit. The sponsor can be any of the following:
  • an organisation running an approved exchange scheme
  • a higher education institution (if a sponsored researcher, visiting academic or examiner)
  • a government department or agency.
  • 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 GAE visas granted outside of the UK are usually valid for 1 or 2 years, depending on the scheme applied for or the period stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), whichever is shorter.

    If sponsorship continues, it is possible to apply for an extension up to the maximum time of 1 or 2 years depending on the applicable scheme the individual is on.

    It is permitted to switch into the Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) visa type, if you are:

    • student, whether studying, resitting an examination or writing a thesis
    • student union sabbatical officer
    • student nurse
    • postgraduate doctor or dentist
    • student visa holder (including Tier 4)
    • sponsored researcher who came to the UK on a work permit and you want to continue in the same job with your sponsor


    You must have completed a UK bachelor’s or master’s degree during your last grant of leave.


    Unfortunately, the GAE 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 (Government Authorised Exchange) 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)

    Why Choose Immtell Immigration Services for Your GAE Visa Application?

    Navigating the visa process can be daunting, but with Immtell, you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced consultants guide you through every step of the application process, helping to streamline your visa application, ensuring compliance with UK immigration rules, and thereby increasing your chances of success.

    Experience a hassle-free GAE Visa application with Immtell Immigration Services. With our dedicated team, you can make the most out of your UK exchange program.

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