In order to take part in an internship in the UK, whether it is paid or unpaid, you must obtain a visa. This is an authorization issued by the UK Government permitting you to enter the UK. One of the primary requirements of that visa is that you have a sponsor. You must first apply to BUNAC in order obtain sponsorship so that you may be successful in obtaining the Tier 5 visa.
You may only begin the visa application process AFTER you have successfully obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship from BUNAC. Upon issuing your Certificate of Sponsorship BUNAC will send you an email containing the Certificate as well as detailed instructions on the visa application process.
What does the visa application process look like?
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 your fingerprints)
4. Gather all necessary documents and send along with your passport to the UK Consulate General for processing