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What is an International Agreement visa?

An International Agreement visa enables you to come to the UK to do work covered by international law or treaty whilst in the UK, including working:

  • As a private servant in a diplomatic household
  • For an overseas government or ‘recognised international organisation’
  • As an employee in the household of someone who works for a recognised international organisation

Who is eligible for an International Agreement visa?

To be eligible for an International Agreement Visa, you will need a certificate of sponsorship.

You will usually need to show that you have held at least £1,270 in your bank account for at least 28 days in a row.

You must be 18 or over when you apply.

Your employer must ensure your job pays the minimum wage at least and follows the UK rules regarding hours worked a week.

What documents do you need to provide for an International Agreement 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 meeting the requirements, a valid passport or document showing your identity and nationality, proof of your relationship with your dependants and a tuberculosis test result if required.

You will also need to provide a valid ATAS certificate if required.

What can you do on an International Agreement 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, so long as this does not interfere with your employment.
  5. Travel abroad and return to the UK.

You are not eligible to receive public funds or start working prior to receiving your International Agreement visa.

How long does it take to get an International Agreement 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 an International Agreement visa?

You can apply for an International Agreement 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 an International Agreement visa cost?

For each person applying, an International Agreement 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 an International Agreement visa?

If you are overseas government worker or international organisation worker, you can stay for the shorter period of either:

  • 2 years
  • The time on your certificate of sponsorship + 14 days

If you are a private servant in a diplomatic household, you can apply for either:

  • 2 years at a time
  • The time on your certificate of sponsorship + 14 days (whichever is shortest)

You can stay as a private servant in a diplomatic household for up to 5 years.

How do you apply to extend my International Agreement visa?

You must apply online to extend your International Agreement visa before your current visa expires.

You may apply to extend your stay to be in the UK for a maximum of 2 years if you are an overseas government worker or international organisation worker.

You may apply to extend your stay to be in the UK for a maximum of 5 years if you are a private servant or work as an employee in the household of someone who works for a recognised international organisation.

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 an International Agreement 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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