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Once you have secured your internship, we’re on hand to guide you through every step of the process to getting your working visa and making yourself at home in the UK for up to 6 months. 

So, all that’s next is to start your BUNAC application! 

How long will the application process take?

We advise applying with us at least 8 weeks before you want to be in the UK. Those 8 weeks can be broken up as follows:

Stage 1 Submit your application and your supporting documents to BUNAC for review. 
1 week +
This stage will only happen as quickly as you and your employer can provide the necessary forms. 
BUNAC will process all documents within 3 business days of receiving them.
Stage 2
BUNAC reviews your employer, and processes your COS – certificate of sponsorship.
You can not apply for your visa until you have your COS issued.
There are 3 options to you at this stage, so you can choose depending on how quickly you need to start your internship.
10 business days (or 15 business days if Pre-Site visit required)
PRIORITY COS PROCESSING ($200 / £150 per person)
5 business days  (or 10 business days if pre-site visit required)
PRIORITY PLUS COS PROCESSING ($300 / £220 per person)
2 business days  ( or 5 business days if pre-site visit required)
Stage 3 Apply for a Tier 5 GAE visa using your BUNAC certificate of sponsorship directly with the UK Government.
Up to 5 Weeks – although this can vary by country.
By paying an additional fee directly to the UK embassy in your country, you may also be able to expedite your visa process. Find out more here

Additional Information

You will need to be in your home country, unless you already have a visa to live/study somewhere other than the UK that is for over 6 months and is affixed to your passport.

  • 1

    Secure your UK internship
    Haven't arranged your internship yet? Check out our options for finding your perfect internship. 

  • 2

    Book the Intern in Britain program online
    We’ll need a range of documents from you, so start gathering these. View full list of required documents 

  • 3

    Internship Screening
    We’ll ask your employer to submit a training plan. This will help us ensure you’re getting the appropriate support and training during your internship. We’ll review this plan and speak with your employer, and maybe even conduct a site visit. Check out what we recommend you include in your training plan

  • 4

    Receive your Certificate of Sponsorship
    Once we’ve reviewed and have given your internship the stamp of approval, we’ll send you your Certificate of Sponsorship. Hang on to this, you’ll need it to start your visa application.

  • 5

    Apply for your visa online
    Next, you’ll fill in the online visa application form before visiting your nearest facility to have your biometrics data collected (we’re talking fingerprints!). After that, your application and passport will be sent to the UK Consulate for processing, which can take up to 8 weeks.


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