We can work directly with UK employers to arrange the sponsorship required to support a UK Work permit to allow international students to join UK internship opportunities.
UK employers do not need their own Sponsor License to be able to use the scheme. We will work in partnership with your employer to support your UK visa application for a Government Authorised Exchange visa and provide ongoing visa sponsorship management during the internship.
GTI holds an ‘A rated’ Government Authorised Exchange Sponsor Licence which permits us to assign Certificates of Sponsorship on behalf of UK employers. Formerly known as the ‘Tier 5 Intern Scheme’, we have operated this Government Authorised Exchange scheme since 2010.
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.
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.
Information and advice on finding an internship in the UK can be found at targetjobs.co.ukFind an internship
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.