The Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa is for workers who have a job offer in the UK to do seasonal horticulture work or poultry production work with a sponsor who is an approved scheme operator.
A person on the Seasonal Worker horticulture work route can stay in the UK for a maximum period of six months in any 12-month period. A poultry production worker can stay in the UK for a period of time beginning no earlier than 2 October and ending no later than 31 December each year.
The Seasonal Worker visa is not a route to settlement and applicants cannot be joined by dependent partners and children.
In order to qualify for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.
Before you can apply for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa you must have a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor. As legal representatives we are not able to arrange job offers in the UK or sponsor visa applicants ourselves.
In order to qualify for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa within the horticulture sector or poultry production sector, your proposed role must be an eligible role.
This means that, in order to meet the requirements for a Seasonal Worker visa on the basis of work within the horticulture sector, the type of produce being farmed must be:
In order to meet the requirements for a Seasonal Worker visa on the basis of poultry production work, the work must involve undertaking one of the following roles:
In order to obtain a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the role you are planning to do. This is recorded electronically.
Your Certificate of Sponsorship must have been issued by a sponsor who:
Your Certificate of Sponsorship must have been issued not more than 3 months before the date of your Seasonal Worker visa application. If the Certificate of Sponsorship confirms that the role is in the poultry production sector, the date of application must be on or before 15 November in each year.
Your Certificate of Sponsorship must include certain mandatory information, including:
Your Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that you will:
It is possible for your Sponsor to grant you a multiple entry Certificate of Sponsorship which will allow you to leave and return to the UK.
The hourly rate only includes guaranteed basic gross pay (before income tax and including employee pension and national insurance contributions), and does not include other pay and benefits.
If the applicant is being sponsored to work more than 48 hours a week, only the salary for the first 48 hours a week will be considered towards the salary threshold of £26,200.
If the applicant is being sponsored to work a pattern where the regular hours are not the same each week, resulting in uneven pay, work in excess of 48 hours in some weeks can be considered towards the salary threshold of £26,200, providing the average over a regular cycle (which can be less than, but not more than, 17 weeks) is not more than 48 hours a week. Any unpaid rest weeks will count towards the average when considering whether the salary thresholds are met.
Subject to the exemption below, you will need to have cash funds of at least £1,270 available to show that you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have held the money for at least 28 consecutive days ending not more than 31 days before the date of your Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa application.
You will be exempt if your employer can cover your costs during your first month in the UK to an amount of at least £1,270, if necessary. Your sponsor will need to confirm this on your Certificate of Sponsorship.
Applications for Temporary Work- Seasonal Worker Visas must be submitted from outside of the UK.
There is no time limit on application for workers in the edible or ornamental horticulture sector.
The earliest you can apply for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa is 3 months before the date on which you are due to start work. This can be found on your Certificate of Sponsorship.
If the Certificate of Sponsorship confirms that the role is in the poultry production sector, the date of application must be on or before 15 November in each year.
You should receive a decision on your Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa application within 3 weeks.
The Home Office application fee for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa application is currently £244.
This fee will be automatically reduced by £55 if you are a national of:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey.
If you apply for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa to work in the horticulture sector and your application is successful, you will be granted permission to enter and remain in the UK for either the period of the job on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period maximum period or 6 months in any 12 month period, whichever is shorter.
If you apply for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa to work in the poultry production sector and your application is successful, you will be granted permission to enter and remain in the UK for either the period of the job on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period or the period commencing on 2 October and ending on 31 December in the year on which the application is submitted (inclusive), whichever is shorter.
Whilst in the UK as a Seasonal Worker, you will be permitted to work in the job you have been sponsored for. You will be permitted to study (for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate).
You will not be allowed to accept a permanent job, work in a second job or work in a job that has not been described in your Certificate of Sponsorship. You will also not be entitled to public funds.
It is not possible to switch into the Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa route or between other Temporary Work routes.
If your application for a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa is refused, you may be able to make a fresh application or apply for Administrative Review.
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