Before making an application, you must check that you meet UKVI’s Tier 5 application criteria and the Bar Council’s applicant criteria. You must also be able to provide the following documentation in support of your application:
- A signed letter from chambers, on headed paper, confirming the offer or pupillage or mini pupillage and specifying the offeree’s name, date of birth and passport number, the start and end date of the relevant placement, and detailing whether it is funded or unfunded;
- Where applicable, a copy of any applicable Bar Standards Board funded pupillage waiver;
- A photocopy or scan of your passport photo page; and
- Evidence that the application fee (as detailed under ‘Fees’ below) has been paid.
To make an application, complete our ‘Tier 5 Government Approved Exchange’ application form and submit it to Immigration@BarCouncil.org.uk or post it to:
Immigration Support, The General Council of the Bar, 289–293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ
Please ensure that you include any documentation in support of your application with your form.
Once submitted, your application will be considered by the Bar Council, who will aim to inform you of the outcome within two weeks of satisfactory receipt of both the relevant payment and all supporting documentation. If successful, you will be sent a Certificate of Sponsorship by email, which you can then use to apply to UKVI for your Tier 5 visa.
You will need to quote the Certificate of Sponsorship number on your UKVI application form. A Certificate of Sponsorship is valid for three months from the date is assigned. If you do not use the Certificate of Sponsorship within this period to apply for entry clearance or leave to remain, it automatically becomes invalid. During this period, a migrant intending to come to the UK under Tier 5 cannot be assigned another Certificate of Sponsorship by any other licensed sponsor.