Tier 5 Visa
The Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) visa is for visa nationals coming to the UK through approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice.
Tier 5 (GAE) categories cannot be used to fill job vacancies. The Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) GAE scheme may only be used to fill supernumerary roles.
Keele University is permitted to use Tier 5 (GAE) for the following type of roles:
- Sponsored researchers – this includes only those working on specific scientific, academic, medical or government research projects at UK higher education institutions. Post holders may be funded by a UK source or whose overseas employer will continue to pay for them for the duration of the visit.
- Visiting academic – who will give lecturers, act as an examiner or work on a supernumerary research collaboration.
In order to engage a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) GAE under any other category the sponsor must be an overarching body which administers the exchange scheme.
For sponsored researchers and visiting academics, the following restrictions apply:
- any funding/ salary must meet national minimum wage requirements.
- funding can come from any source, including from the University or a third party, but the individual cannot fund themselves.
- any work or activity done by Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) GAE scheme must be at or above NQF level 3.
- visas are valid for a maximum period of 2 years and cannot be extended beyond this period.
Any individuals wishing to come to the University through the Tier 5 (GAE) route must first be issued with a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from the University. A Faculty or Directorate wishing to engage an individual who requires sponsorship via a Tier 5 visa should contact their HR Link Advisor, before any offer of employment is made.
The University has an obligation to report certain activities of Tier 5 (GAE) workers. These duties include:
- if the workers does not turn up for their first day, including any reason for non-attendance e.g. missed flight;
- any change to the workers residential address in the UK or contact details, including mobile telephone number;
- reasons for absence without permission for more than 10 working days;
- if they no longer require sponsorship;
- if there is a change to job title and/or duties and responsibilities;
- if the period of engagement with Keele ends early;
- any significant changes to circumstances (e.g. marriage, long term sickness);
- any information which suggests that the working is breaching the conditions of leave to