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What is a Creative Worker visa?

A Creative Worker visa is for someone offered work in the UK as a creative worker (e.g. as an actor, dancer, musician, film crew member) and who meets the other eligibility requirements below.

Who is eligible for a Creative Worker visa?

To successfully obtain a Creative Worker visa, you will need a certificate of sponsorship.

You will also need to make a unique contribution to the UK labour market.

There are also minimum salary requirements for certain creative professions you will have to meet.

You will also need sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK (unless your employer can support you). You will usually need to show at least £1,270 in your bank account for at least 28 days in a row.

What documents do you need to provide for a Creative Worker visa application?

You will need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor.

You will also need evidence that you have sufficient personal savings, a valid passport or document showing your identity and nationality, proof of your relationship with your dependants and a tuberculosis test result if required.

What can you do on a Creative Worker visa?

You can:

  1. Work for your sponsor as set out in your certificate of sponsorship
  2. Do additional work for up to 20 hours per week, so long as this is in the same sector and level as your main job, or if it is on the skilled worker immigration salary list.
  3. Bring eligible partners or children as your dependants
  4. Study

You are not eligible to receive public funds or start a business whilst on a Creative Worker visa.

How long does it take to get a Creative Worker visa?

Once you have completed the application process, you should expect a decision usually within:

  • 3 weeks if you applied from outside the UK
  • 8 weeks if you applied from within the UK

You may be able to apply for a priority service. To read more about the potential priority service, please click here.

When should you apply for a Creative Worker visa?

You can apply for a Creative Worker visa up to 3 months before the date you are due to commence work in the UK as set out on your certificate of sponsorship.

How much does a Creative Worker visa cost?

For each person applying, a Creative Worker visa application costs £298.

This is in addition to the NHS Surcharge, which is usually £1,035 per year per applicant.

How long can you stay in the UK on a Creative Worker visa?

A Creative Worker visa enables you to come to the UK for either:

  1. A maximum of 12 months or
  2. The time set out in your certificate of sponsorship + up to 28 days (whichever is shorter)

Your stay must start within 14 days of the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.

How do you apply to extend your Creative Worker visa?

You must apply online to extend your Creative Worker visa before your current visa expires.

If you are staying with the same sponsor, you can extend your visa for the shortest time period of the following options:

  1. 12 months
  2. The time on your certificate of sponsorship + 14 days
  3. The time needed to extend your stay to the maximum 24 months

If you are changing sponsors, you can extend your visa for the shortest time period of either:

  1. The time on your certificate of sponsorship + 14 days
  2. The time needed to extend your stay to the maximum 24 months

You should expect a decision within 8 weeks of submitting your application, unless you pay for a priority service.

What is a Creative Worker visa concession?

A Creative Worker Visa concession may allow you to enter the UK without applying for a Creative Worker Visa in advance should you:

  1. Have a valid Temporary Work – Creative Worker certificate of sponsorship
  2. Not normally require a visa to enter the UK as a visitor
  3. Meet the normal Creative Worker visa eligibility requirements listed above
  4. Be coming to the UK to work here for 3 months or less

Danielle invites you to take a look at her blog, where you will see the diverse range of clients that she has helped.

If you have any questions about the process or would like to apply for a Creative Worker visa, please contact Danielle or call on 020 7267 4133. Danielle will only charge you for the first consultation if you decide to become her client and if she can assist you.

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