CREATIVE WORKER VISA

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What is a Creative Worker visa?

The Creative Worker UK visa route is for people who want to come to the UK to work within the creative
sector and who can make a unique contribution to the UK’s rich cultural life – for example, as an artist,
dancer, musician or entertainer, or as a model contributing to the UK’s fashion industry

What are the business requirements for the Creative Worker visa route?

  • A company must be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor Creative Worker visa holders and hold a valid Sponsor Licence for the Creative Worker route
  • You must be operating, or intend to operate in the creative sector. Examples include, but are not limited to, a national arts body, an events organiser, a producer, a venue, an agent, a promoter or promotion company, a production company or a media organisation
  • You must follow the relevant code of practice for the occupation the applicant will be doing in the UK as set out in Appendix Creative Worker Codes of Practice, or where there is no relevant code of practice, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that they can make an unique contribution to creative life in the UK
  • The role you are sponsoring the worker for must always comply with the National Minimum Wage Regulations and the Working Time Regulations
  • If you do not already hold a sponsor licence, you must apply for one by completing the online application form, paying the relevant application fee, and submitting the supporting evidence specified in the sponsor guidance
  • If you already hold a valid licence to sponsor workers, but it does not include the Creative Worker route, you can apply to add the Creative Worker route to your existing licence

    Further Information and FAQs

    • Is a Resident Labour Market Test required for a Creative Worker visa?

      Before assigning you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), your sponsor must ensure that either:

      • They have complied with the relevant code of practice under Appendix Creative Worker Codes of Practice where one exists for your occupation (for those operating in dance, theatre, film and television, or as a model in the fashion industry) as regards appropriate salary rate, advertising or endorsement; or
      • Where there is no code of practice under Appendix Creative Worker Codes of Practice for your occupation, you must be performing a role in the creative industries that appears in Appendix Skilled Occupations and be able to demonstrate that you can make an unique contribution to creative life in the UK.

    • Can you undertake multiple jobs in the UK with a Creative Worker visa?

      Due to the nature of the creative sector, Creative Workers are sometimes needed to do a number of engagements at different venues.

      You can undertake more than one engagement with the same sponsor as long as there are no more than 14 days between each individual engagement. If you leave the UK and come back, your time away from the UK (including your departure and return dates to the UK) will not count towards those 14 days.

      If you have consecutive engagements with different sponsors, each sponsor must assign you a separate Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Where this is the case, none of the CoS can overlap and there must not be a gap of more than 14 days (excluding time spent outside the UK) between each CoS assigned. This is known as having ‘consecutive engagements’.

    • Can you change jobs in the UK with a Creative Worker visa?

      You must apply again and meet all of the eligibility rules if you want to change your sponsor within the same organisation or move to a new organisation.

    • Do you need to satisfy a financial requirement for a Creative Worker visa?

      You must have held £1270 in your bank account for a 28-day period before you apply unless you are applying for permission to stay in the UK and have been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application. You also do not need to evidence this if your UK job role is with an ‘A-rated’ sponsor who can certify your maintenance.

    • How long is a Creative Worker visa valid for?

      The Creative Worker visa can be granted for up to 12 months initially. You can extend your visa by the time needed to take your stay to the maximum of 12 months if you are changing sponsor or by the time needed to take your stay to a maximum of 2 years if you are staying with the same sponsor.

      An applicant who is applying for permission to stay in the UK must be in the UK and have last had entry clearance or permission to stay in the UK as a Creative Worker.

      If you wish to remain in the UK for longer than the above periods, then you will need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa on the Creative Worker route before returning or if your sponsor holds a Skilled Worker sponsor licence, they may be able to sponsor you on the Skilled Worker visa route. Alternatively, you may wish to check if you qualify for leave to remain in the UK on the Global Talent visa route.

    • Can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Creative Worker visa holder?

      No, the Creative Worker visa is a temporary visa route which does not provide the opportunity to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

    • How long will your Creative Worker visa application take to process – inside of the UK?

      If you apply from inside the UK, the application can take up to 8 weeks to process.

      You can get your visa faster within 5 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500 for the priority visa service or by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000 for the super priority visa service.

    • How long will your Creative Worker visa application take to process – outside of the UK?

      If you apply from outside the UK, a decision is typically made within 3 weeks.

      You may be able to get your visa faster within 5 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500 or by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000, subject to availability at your visa application centre.

Why Viaje

Why use VIAJE for Creative Worker visa matters?

Extensive experience in making successful applications across all categories of Creative Worker visa applications including art, dance, film and television, models in the fashion industry and music

It’s all taken care of: we provide expert legal advice specific to your matter

Excellent technical knowledge of all aspects of Creative Worker visa applications

Cost effective service with upfront fixed fees so that you know what to expect

Being able to contact your lawyer out of traditional office hours, assisting clients globally

Unwavering commitment to delivering excellent client care

Meticulous preparation of all supporting documentation to expedite the approval process

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