Government Authorised Exchange Visa

The Government Authorized Exchange visa can provide many opportunities for you. In this post, we will explore the requirements and information related to the Government Authorized Exchange visa.

Understanding the Government Authorised Exchange Visa

The Government Authorised Exchange visa is for individuals who want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience, training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research, or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme. Consequently, it is an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange, academic advancement, and professional growth in the UK.


To apply for the government authorised exchange visa, you must:
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
  • Have enough money to support yourself in the UK – you’ll usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you’re exempt)

Important Information

The amount of time you can stay depends on the length of your visa and the start and end dates of your job. Depending on the scheme you apply for, you’ll get a visa for a maximum of 12 months or 24 months. Additionally, you can enter the UK up to 14 days before the date your job starts, provided you do not arrive before the start date on your visa. Furthermore, you can stay in the UK for up to 14 days after the date your job ends, as long as you do not stay past the end date on your visa.

The application fee for each person applying is £259. Additionally, you will need to pay the health surcharge, which is usually £624 per year. The application can be completed through the online application portal.


The Government Authorized Exchange visa provides a pathway to an inspirational experience. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the application process, ensuring all requirements are met to enhance your chances of success. Feel free to reach out if you require any additional information or assistance.

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