January 7, 2019 332
Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Internship Visa
It often happens that a student in the UK successfully passes their exams and decides that they would like to find a job, stay in the UK, and make their life here.
But these days it is not so easy. The old Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa has been abolished and switching to a Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa is possible, but quite hard, because the student has to be offered a skilled job and sponsored by a licensed employer and paid the appropriate salary, which is more than an employer might be prepared to pay to a fresh graduate with no experience.
There is, however, one useful way out of this problem: the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Internship visa.
This visa enables a migrant to work for an employer for up to one year as an intern – ie in a “learning job”. The employer does not have to pay any particular level of salary as long as it is at least to the level of the National Minimum Wage, and neither does the employer need to be a licensed sponsor.
This can be very attractive for employers, and also for migrants who want to gain work experience. It could be very helpful for those who are aiming at a skilled Tier 2 job, and graduate Tier 4 students can switch in the UK to a Tier 5 GAE Internship visa without having to return home.
At Get UK Visa we have a lot of experience of this visa and we can advise you in detail about the requirements and benefits.
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