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Tier 5 GAE Scheme

  • What is the Tier 5 GAE Scheme for migrant workers?

    Tier 5 of the Points Based System covers a range of temporary worker categories enabling prospective migrants to enter the UK for primarily non-economic reasons.

    For the legal sector, sharing knowledge, experience and best practice with practitioners from around the world through work experience, secondment and internship programmes is essential to business development.

    The route by which these short-term migrants will enter the UK under the PBS is the Government Authorised Exchange framework within Tier 5. The Law Society has been licensed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) as the overarching body administering Tier 5 migration for the legal sector.

    Who is membership of the scheme for?

    The scheme is for firms who wish to bring workers into the UK on a temporary basis. Under the scheme, the Society will authorise eligible firms to issue certificates of sponsorship to prospective migrants. The firm will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the migrants, including all reporting and record-keeping obligations required under the PBS.

    What are the benefits of the scheme?

    The scheme enables firms to continue to develop international networks and provides certainty in planning secondment and exchange programmes.

    Is my firm eligible to join the scheme?

    Firms seeking to participate in the scheme must meet the eligibility requirements of the Law Society's Government Authorised Exchange scheme.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions or wish to join the scheme, please email the Tier 5 team or call 020 7320 5797.