We can assist:
  • UK registered employers (excluding those in hospitality, care or agriculture)
  • Internships based in the UK
  • Maximum 12 months duration
  • Skilled work (minimum NVQ Level 3 required to perform the role)
  • Supernumerary (additional to staffing requirements)
  • Paid a salary equivalent to UK minimum wage, or above
  • Supervised
  • Undergraduates working towards a degree-level qualification
  • Recent Graduates holding a Bachelors degree, or higher
  • All nationalities
What does my employer have to do?

Employers need to contact GTI directly to complete the initial application process and be approved to join the Scheme.

They will be asked to complete an application and attend an initial meeting to discuss their requirements and be approved to join the scheme.Employers will be asked to accept the terms & conditions of membership and commit to meeting ongoing record-keeping and reporting duties in order to maintain your continued UK work permission.

Once approved, your employer will be able to request sponsorship from GTI that will enable you to submit your Government Authorised Exchange visa application to the Home Office.

How can I help?

The scheme is an employer-led scheme, so GTI will work directly with your employer throughout the process. If your employer has not used the scheme before, then please ask them to review the information available here.

Not found a UK internship yet?

Information and advice on finding an internship in the UK can be found at targetjobs.co.uk

Find an internship


Initial assessment

The initial employer assessment and set up with GTI can typically be completed within 1-2 weeks and is contingent on availability for the registration meeting.

Certificate requests

Requests for Certificates of Sponsorship can typically be returned within 3 working days of receipt of the completed request form and all supporting documents required.

Intern application

Interns can submit visa applications to the Home Office within 3 months of the internship start date. The Home Office target a turnaround of 15 working days for applications made overseas and 8 weeks for applications made within the UK.

What does it cost?

The Certificate of Sponsorship fee for an internship of less than 6 months is £750+VAT, or for an internship of 6 months or more is £850+VAT.

A one-time fee for a new employer to join the scheme is £250+VAT and is only payable if a Certificate of Sponsorship is assigned on your behalf.

Visa application fees will be payable by the Intern to the Home Office when they submit their visa application.

What do I do next?

If your employer has not used the scheme before and is not already set up, please share our details with them. The first step for them will be to complete an application to join the scheme. If they have any questions, they can get in touch with us directly.

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+44 (0)20 7654 7224