Those who have secured temporary work in the UK will need a visa that will allow them to stay to carry out their employment. This popular visa option offers up to 2 years of stay for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Those on a Temporary Worker Visa also have the option of extending their visa. If work becomes more permanent, you may want to explore routes towards Indefinite Leave to Remain.

There are multiple requirements that must be met in order to receive a Temporary Worker Visa. From sponsorships to the timely submission of specific paperwork, it can be a daunting process. QC Immigration can help you increase your chances of securing a Temporary Worker Visa with our careful and considered approach for each and every application.

Temporary Worker Visa requirements

Workers who are pursuing the Temporary Worker Visa route must meet all of the relevant requirements, which can depend on the type of employment that you will be carrying out. Your work must be covered by international law, meaning that you are carrying out legitimate work that is covered by international trade agreements. Generally, requirements include a certificate of sponsorship and the finances needed to support yourself as well as any dependants.


To receive this visa, you will need a valid Certificate of Sponsorship. This is documentation through a reference number that provides information regarding you and your employment. This has to be provided by a UK government-recognised sponsor. Your sponsorship is valid for 3 months after its assignment date and you must have a valid certificate at your time of application.


In order to secure a temporary stay in the UK, you must be able to prove that you can financially support yourself. At least £1,270 is required to receive a Temporary Worker Visa. It must be readily available in your bank account and you will need to have had this amount available for 28 days in a row.

Alternatively, your employer can cover your finances – however, this must be agreed upon ahead of time and must be covered in your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Additionally, if you intend on bringing family along, they must prove that they can also financially support themselves.

Essential documentation

Those applying for a Temporary Worker Visa must provide the essential documents to secure their application. On top of the certificate of sponsorship and financial information that proves that you have the disposable income to support yourself in the UK, you will need the following:

  • A valid passport or equivalent document that proves your identity and nationality
  • A tuberculosis test result for applications from countries where it is required
  • A valid ATAS certificate if needed

Additionally, if you are bringing dependants, you will need proof of a legitimate relationship with your partner and/or children.

QC Immigration will assist you through your application and will help you ensure that you are applying with all the essential documentation ahead of time to increase the likelihood of a granted visa. We will help you submit a strong case in a timely manner that highlights your eligibility for the Temporary Worker Visa.

Period of stay

The amount of time that you – and any dependants – can stay in the UK will depend on the type of employment that you are undertaking. While this visa offers a maximum of 2 years of stay with 2 equivalent extensions (6 years total), your situation may only allow 6 to 12 months of stay.

Those working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household are offered the maximum of 2 years of stay, or the time that is stipulated on the certificate of sponsorship, plus up to 28 days. You will receive whichever of the two is shorter.

You can stay for 6 months through any 12-month period for private sector work that is recognised and covered by the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), or 12 months or more for employment covered by the following:

  • UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Temporary agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the UK on services mobility

Again, you may be offered less if the time stipulated in your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days is less than the 6 or 12 months agreed.

QC Immigration’s Temporary Worker Visa services

We will make sure that your application is properly submitted with all of the relevant documentation, clearly highlighting why you should be granted a Temporary Worker Visa. We will help you submit comprehensive evidence when you are applying for the visa.

Get in touch today and work alongside our experienced team of legal professionals who have successfully assisted clients with a wide range of visa applications.


How much will a Temporary Worker Visa cost?

You will need to pay £259, as well as the same amount for any potential dependants.

There may be immigration healthcare surcharge which will depend on the specifics of your application.

You can pay an additional £800 for the super-priority service which will allow you to receive a much quicker application decision.

It is also advisable to bring on professional legal support to ensure that your application has an increased likelihood of acceptance.

Can I bring my family to the UK?

Yes, you can bring your partner and children. But you must be able to prove that either you can financially support them or that they can financially support themselves. Please note each dependant will incur additional application fees. You also have to consider legal fees when working alongside immigration lawyers to help your case.

What if my work becomes permanent?

If your work becomes permanent, you can switch to one of the more permanent Work Visas so long as you meet the necessary requirements. This will open up the option of eventual Indefinite Leave to Remain and a path to British Citizenship.

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