UK Temporary Worker - International Agreement Visa

Understand the UK Temporary Worker - International Agreement Visa

Are you aiming to work in the UK under a contract covered by international law or treaty? The UK Temporary Worker – International Agreement Visa is exactly what you need. This guide explains the core essentials of the International Agreement Visa application process.

Diving Deeper into the UK International Agreement Visa

The International Agreement Visa is designed for individuals contracted to work in the UK under international law or treaty. It opens the door to various opportunities to work in a diplomatic household, for a foreign government, or as a private servant in a diplomatic household.

Key Stages of the International Agreement Visa Application Process

From confirming your eligibility to securing your certificate of sponsorship and finally submitting your application, the journey to obtaining your International Agreement Visa involves crucial steps. At Immtell, we’re experienced in guiding applicants through each stage, ensuring a seamless application process.

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Understanding the Requirements for the International Agreement - Temporary Worker Visa

Navigating the visa process can be intricate, especially when understanding the specific prerequisites. To qualify for the International Agreement – Temporary Worker visa, several essential requirements exist. Let’s delve into these crucial criteria that form the foundation for a successful application:

You have been contracted to do work in the UK covered by international law; this must be any of the following:
  • covered by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • covered by similar agreements between the UK and other countries for an overseas government or international organisation
  • as a private servant in a diplomatic household or the household of an employee of an international organisation.
  • 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.


    If approved,  International Agreement – Temporary Worker UK work visas should usually be valid for up to 2 years.

    If sponsorship continues, it most cases it is possible to apply for work visa extensions up to a total of 2 years the UK under this visa type.

    You can apply to switch into a Temporary Work – International Agreement visa while you are in the UK if you want to continue working for your current employer and you:

    • have a work permit
    • work for an overseas government or international organisation

    Unfortunately, the International Agreement – Temporary Worker visas 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 (International Agreement) 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
    £ 1,600 + 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
    £ 1,800 + 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
    £ 600 + 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 International Agreement Visa Application?

    Navigating through the visa application process can be complex. But with Immtell Immigration Services, you’re never alone. Our team of experts guide you through every step, offering professional advice and ensuring your application is error-free, thus increasing your chances of success.

    Experience a stress-free International Agreement Visa application process with Immtell Immigration Services. With our dedicated team, you can fully prepare to work under international law or treaty in the UK.

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