Seasonal Worker Visa

Introduction

The Seasonal Worker Visa is for individuals who want to work on UK farms and gain valuable agricultural experience. In this post, we’ll explore the requirements and essential information related to the visa.

Eligibility

You must be 18 or over when you apply and have both of the following:

  • A certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
  • 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

Your employer must ensure your job pays at least the minimum wage and follows the UK rules for how many hours a week you work. If your employer fails to comply, the Home Office will refuse your application.

You can apply for a Seasonal Worker visa to come to the UK and work in horticulture for up to 6 months – for example, picking fruit and vegetables or flowers or in poultry from 2 October to 31 December, in the same year.

  • You need to apply for poultry Seasonal Worker visas by 15 November each year.
  • You can apply for horticulture Seasonal Worker visas at any time of year.
  • The application fee to apply is £259.
  • You can complete the application through the online application portal.

Conclusion

The Seasonal Worker Visa offers a unique opportunity to gain agricultural experience while contributing to the UK’s farming industry during peak seasons. Understanding the requirements and procedures outlined in this guide will help you embark on your seasonal work adventure with confidence, knowing you are well-prepared. Feel free to reach out if you require any additional information or assistance.

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