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A Practical Guide to Sponsoring a Temporary Worker in the UK

Updated: Jun 3

Are you planning to bring in a summer intern or a full-time international employee on a fixed contract to inject fresh perspective and energy into your UK-based company? Then this post is for you!

Step 1: Ensure Eligibility

Before diving into the process, it's crucial to ensure that your company holds a valid Sponsor Licence issued by the UK Home Office. This licence is a prerequisite for sponsoring any temporary workers, including summer interns and full-time employees. If you haven't obtained one yet, now is the time to initiate the application process. Alternatively, you can go through a licensed sponsor who will sponsor the intern on your behalf. AIESEC UK is a licensed Tier 5 sponsor and can help you navigate the process seamlessly.

Step 2: Extend the Invitation

Once eligibility is confirmed, extend a formal invitation to the chosen intern. Ensure clear communication regarding the internship duration, responsibilities, and any other pertinent details. It's essential that both parties are aligned in their expectations from the outset.

Don’t have the intern or full-time employee selected yet? AIESEC UK can assist you with international talent sourcing and selection! Click here for more information.

Step 3: Navigate the Paperwork

Prepare and issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the intern. This number serves as an endorsement of their status as a legitimate temporary worker under your sponsorship. Adhering to the UK's immigration regulations is paramount during this stage to avoid any delays or complications.

Step 4: Visa Application Process

Guide the intern through the visa application process, providing necessary assistance and ensuring they have all requisite documentation in order. This typically includes a valid passport and any additional documentation specific to their circumstances.

Step 5: Extend a Warm Welcome

Upon successful visa approval, extend a warm welcome to the intern upon their arrival in the UK. Facilitate their integration into the company culture and provide the necessary support to ensure a smooth transition.

Step 6: Foster Growth and Learning

Throughout the internship period, prioritise mentorship and provide opportunities for professional development. Encourage the international employee to actively engage with projects and initiatives, fostering a conducive environment for growth and learning.

By following these steps, sponsoring a temporary worker in the UK can be navigated with confidence and efficiency. While the process may seem daunting initially, meticulous planning and adherence to regulatory requirements will ensure a successful and rewarding experience for both your company and the intern.

Not a GAE sponsor? AIESEC UK can assist you! As a licensed Tier 5 GAE sponsor, we can sponsor candidates on behalf of your company. But our support continues beyond that. We cover the process from job posting to the end of the international talent's experience, including CV shortlisting, visa sponsorship, finding accommodation, organising trips and socials, and their return to their home country. Click here for more information.

How to apply 

- As an employer, follow these steps;


You can find further information via our website on the different programme aspects (see links below).


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