Tier 5 caters for youth mobility and temporary migrant workers.

Under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme), which is for young people from participating countries and territories who wish to live and work in the UK for up to two years, the annual allocations have been set for 2015 as follows:

  • Australia – 38,000 places
  • Canada – 5,000 places
  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places
  • Japan – 1,000 places
  • New Zealand – 11,000 places (an increase of 16%)
  • Monaco –1,000 places
  • South Korea – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places

For Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting), clarifications have been made about which governing bodies are responsible for determining whether they may issue endorsements.

Under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) sub-category, two new exchange schemes have been approved and one has been removed. GTI Recruiting Solution's Tier 5 Interns scheme and BUNAC's internship scheme remain in place.

The Tier 5 GTI scheme was originally developed by GTI and Penningtons Manches. GTI is one of the world’s leading student and graduate recruitment specialists and holds an A-rated Tier 5 sponsor licence. This allows GTI to act as an ‘over-arching sponsor’ and to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to individuals who meet its eligibility criteria.

GTI works directly with employers to support them by providing sponsorship for non-EEA nationals whom they have identified for their internship programmes in the UK.

The scheme is backed by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), is endorsed by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI), and is administered by GTI Recruiting Solutions.