I am travelling to the UK from South Africa for 6 months. Family in the UK are able to support me for the duration of my stay.
I want to work, just as 6 months is a long time to visit only, and being on a gap year I want to have a good, full CV for uni etc.
However, I hear very few South africans have managed to get a temporary work visa, and it is a lot of money for me in comparison to the standard visitor visa.
If my work visa gets rejected, will I have to pay again for the Standard Visa? Or can I just get downgraded to a visitor visa?
I understand you have to have a 'sponsor' or job offer there to be able to apply for the Work Visa, but what do they require from that company? How does it differ if I work for a volunteer organisation?
Many thanks for the help!