Information for Tier 5 workers
Understand the restrictions of Tier 5 working so you can work in accordance with the terms of your visa.
The University is registered as a sponsor under two categories within Tier 5:
Government Authorised Exchange
Creative and Sporting
Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
Tier 5 (GAE) is primarily for sponsored researchers and can be issued for a maximum period of 2 years and cannot be extended beyond this time.
A sponsored researcher is a person who wishes to come to the UK to lead or to take part in any formal research project. Formal research projects are those hosted but not necessarily funded by a UK research institution including universities, non-commercial research organisations, charitable organisations and national research councils (such as the Medical Research Council). The work or activities undertaken must never amount to what the Home Office terms ‘a genuine vacancy’.
Sponsored researchers can be funded from sources in the UK or overseas.
They cannot be self-funded or registered on a PhD programme in their own country.
More guidance on the requirements for sponsored researcher appointments please consider the June 2018 Sponsored Researcher guidance which has been jointly produced by the Russell Group, Universities UK, and UKRI; and approved by the Home Office.
How to initiate the request for sponsorship
Human Resources will need to issue a certificate of sponsorship which the sponsored researcher can use to apply for their UK Entry Clearance/Visa.
Human Resources will require confirmation that the Univeristy of Bath member of staff hosting the vist has obtained the appropriate authorisation from their Head of Department.
To qualify under Tier 5, the University are obliged to provide evidence of sponsorship for the full duration of the time within the UK.
This proof can be in the form of a letter to the person confirming the details of the sponsoring body.
The information required by HR will include:
the name of the person for whom the permit is sought
the name of the sponsor
the name of the host institution where the person will be based
the title of the post
details of the funding provided
the period of the sponsorship required
CV of the person.
HR will also need a copy of the passport, the email address and postal address of the applicant.
Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting)
Sponsorship in this tier may be available for performers invited by The Edge Arts and also potentially in the Sports Training Village.
Please contact HR Visas for specific guidance on Tier 5.