In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

Until further notice, service of claim forms, application notices and all other court documents and contractual notices must be made to our head office only (we shall not accept service through any other means). Our head office address is at Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. We ask that all other correspondence be sent by email to the relevant member of Axiom Stone Solicitors. In the event that service of court documents or contractual notices is attempted by post, courier, DX, or fax to any address other than that of our Head Office, we cannot provide any assurance that they will be received or processed. We are grateful for your understanding at this time.

We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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Tier 5 Temporary Workers & Youth Mobility Scheme

Tier 5 visas are for individuals who wish to work in the UK on a temporary basis in a number of different circumstances to undertake specific work. Most Tier 5 workers need a certificate of sponsorship from a licenced sponsor but a small number under the Youth Mobility Scheme can gain entry to the UK without a job offer. Under all categories, you must show that you will not pose a threat to the resident labour force.

Tier 5 has various categories depending on the type of work you want to undertake in the UK:

1. Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) visa

You can apply under this route if you have been offered a job in the UK by a licensed sponsor as a sportsperson or creative worker and you will make a significant contribution to your sport at the highest level in the UK (for the sporting visa) or make a unique contribution to the UK labour market, such as being internationally renowned or that you are required for continuity (for creative workers).

The further key requirements for this visa are:

  • Endorsement: You need to be endorsed in the form of a letter by the appropriate governing body to confirm that you are internationally established at the highest level as a player, your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker and your employment will make a significant contribution to the UK labour market (if you are applying as a creative worker) or to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK (for a sporting visa).
  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Appropriate salary and allowances (for creative workers visa only): You must be paid a minimum salary set by the relevant trade union
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds. This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 12 months or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship and extend your leave for a further year.

2. Tier 5 (Charity Workers) visa

You can apply under this route if you want to undertake unpaid voluntary work which contributes directly to the achievement or advancement of the sponsor’s charitable purpose in the UK.

The key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds. This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 12 months or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship and extend your leave for a further year.  You are unable to settle in the UK on this visa.

3. Tier 5 (Religious Workers) visa

You can apply under this route if you want to undertake religious work.  Duties may include preaching, pastoral work on non-pastoral work.

There key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 2 years or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship and extend your leave for a further period of 2 years.  You are unable to settle in the UK on this visa.

4. Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa

You can apply under this route if you want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience, training, participate in an Overseas Government Language or research programme or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.

The key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Maintenance funds:  You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 1 year or 2 years (depending on the scheme you’re applying for) or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship.  You can apply to extend your leave for a further 12 months if you’re undertaking work experience or in the case of research, training or an Overseas Government Language Programme, for a further 2 years.  You are unable to settle in the UK on this visa.

5. Tier 5 (International Agreement) visa

You can apply under this route if you are offered a contract to provide a service in the UK under one of the following categories:

    • Private servants in diplomatic households;
    • Employees of overseas governments and international organisations;
    • General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); or
    • Similar agreements between the United Kingdom or European Union and another country or other countries.

The key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds. This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 2 years or the time given in your certificate unless you are coming to provide a service under contract for the GATS or similar trade agreements, such as the EU-Chile free trade agreement in which case you can only stay for 6 months in any 12 months period, or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship.

You can extend your visa for up to 6 years unless you are a private servant in a diplomatic household (5 years) or contractual service supplier or independent professional (6 months in any 12 month period).

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa

This route is aimed at young people from participating countries who wish to experience life in the UK and at the same time helping to promote the UK overseas and to encourage trade and tourism.  Every year, the UK government allocates a number of places on the scheme for each country and territory.

To apply under this route, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be aged 18 – 30

For nationals of Hong Kong and South Korea only: unlike the other participating countries, Hong Kong and South Korea are without deemed sponsorship status and therefore any nationals from those countries must additionally provide a Certificate of Sponsorship from their own government.  The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you have been offered by your licenced employer.

  • Maintenance: You must provide evidence to show that you have £1,890 in savings to maintain yourself.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourself in the UK without recourse to public funds.

Once your application is approved, you can stay in the UK for 2 years.  You are unable to extend your leave or settle in the UK on this visa.

Your family 

Your family members (partner and children under 18) can apply to join you in the UK under the Temporary workers visa except under the Youth Mobility Scheme.

Once the application is approved, your dependant will be granted leave in line with your leave which can be extended subject to meeting the requirements for leave to remain of the Immigration Rules.  They are unable to settle in the UK under this visa.

Making an application 

At Axiom Stone, we work closely with our clients’ needs and objectives and achieve results in an efficient and timely manner, aiming to continue the relationship once the relevant visa has been obtained and beyond.

We assist our clients and their family members of all ranges and ages and in respect of all types of visa applications from entry clearance, extension of leave, settlement to British citizenship.  We can guide you through the points scoring nature of business immigration and on how to score the relevant points for this visa.

To apply for any of the above visas or to make an enquiry, please contact us on 0207 016 9341 or by e-mail to immigration@axiomstone.co.uk to speak to our dedicated team of immigration professionals.