Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) visa

If you’re interested in doing unpaid voluntary work for a charity in the UK, this is the visa for you.

Make sure, that you fulfil the following criteria:

  • You come from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland
  • You would like to work in the UK for a charity without any pay
  • You have obtained a valid certificate of sponsorship in the form of a reference number
  • You have appropriate funds to support yourself on your bank account for ninety days before you apply (with some exceptions)

You need to apply at least three months before you are to start the work. You should receive the decision within three weeks.

You can include family members in your application, however You need to show that you can support your dependants.


You would need a valid passport and travel identification, tuberculosis test result (if you are coming from a certain country where the test is mandatory) and bank statements showing funds.

Visa extension

You can extend your visa before it expires, however you need to include all family members you have brought to the UK with you, in the application.

If you still meet the visa eligibility criteria, you can extend your stay in the UK for up to a year, or the time listed on their sponsorship certificate in addition to fourteen days.

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