Tier 5 Visa

About the Tier 5 Visa

BUNAC is a UK government authorized Tier 5 Visa sponsor. Working closely alongside the UK Government since 2009 to create this unique visa, the relationship continues today to ensure that the visa criteria is met. To obtain a Tier 5 Visa your internship must be a skilled position for a minmum of 25 hours per week and is subject to National Minimum Wage legislation. 

This application and visa process can be difficult to navigate alone, so we will guide you through the process with detailed instructions and friendly staff just a phone call or email away. 


Visa Application Process 

  1. Create an account with the UK Border Agency to electronically fill out your visa application
  2. Complete visa application, schedule Biometrics appointment and submit visa fee (£225)
  3. Visit Biometrics appointment (this appointment is to enroll you fingerprints) 
  4. Gather all necessary documents and send all necessary documents along with your passport to the UK Consulate General for processing.

General information 

Age 18+
Student status requirement Current student or recent graduate (12 months or less) of associates degree or above 
Support funds  $1500 
Do I need to be in my home country for the application? You will be required to be in your home country for the visa application process unless you have a visa for another country (not the UK) that is for 6+ months and affixed to your passport
How long can I stay?  Up to 6 months but length of visa depends on internship dates 
What sort of internship can I do?  Professional internship in almost any field (restrictions on hospitality and healthcare) 
How much does the visa cost?  £225
How do I apply for the visa?  We will provide you with step by step visa instructions when you get your Certificate of Sponsorship. You will apply directly with the UK Government and then mail your application and passport to the embassy in New York
When do I need to apply?  You should allow yourself a minimum of 10 weeks to complete the process 
Do I need insurance?  You will need international insurance that includes repatriation of remains and at least $500,000 general medical pay out. BUNAC offer a bespoke insurance policy, find out more on our insurance webpage 

Visa and Program Regulations

BUNAC does not find the placement for you but we can offer suggestions, websites and placement companies to use

The visa is only valid for the internship and employer described dates 

Other costs to consider are priority processing, pre-site visits, insurance, flights accommodation and travel 

You cannot change internships. We grant you a sponsorship based on the interview we review 

This is a multi entry visa so you can travel before, during and after your internship

You cannot take a dependent (spouse, children) with you on this visa

You will be without your passport for 2-6 weeks 

You cannot request a visa extension of the Tier 5 visa. You will need to return to the US and complete the process a second time 

Yes. You must send your actual passport to the UK Embassy in New York with your complete visa application. You will receive the passport back with the visa affixed to one of the pages. 

You cannot start the visa application process until you have your Certificate of Sponsorship issued to you from BUNAC

You will need to attened a biometrics appointment at a registered biometrics location. You will schedule this in the visa application.

BUNAC reserves the right to reject my application at any time and is not responsible for any delayed applications or visa approvals 

BUNAC can sponsor you up to two times for a maximum of 12 months

You may not apply for the Tier 5 visa from a country other than your own, if you are on a visa for that country that is affixed to your passport and for at least 6 months' duration. You cannot apply from inside the UK