WHO CAN APPLY UNDER THE FARM VISA SCHEME?


Recently Archbold has been inundated with inquiries from nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India asking to know if they can apply to come to the UK to work under the farm visa scheme. In this bulletin we explain what the new scheme is and who can apply under it.

WHAT IS THE TEMPORARY WORKER - SEASONAL WORKER VISA (TIER 5) SCHEME?

This is a new pilot scheme which was rolled out under the Tier 5 route of the points based system in March 2019 by the Home Office to attract non-EEA national seasonal workers to work on UK farms.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A FARM VISA?

There are two operators who have been appointed by the Home Office to manage and act as sponsors for this pilot scheme. They will assign certificates of sponsorship to those who meet the requirements of the scheme. This pilot is subject to an annual quota of 2,500, set by the Home Office, and divided between the two scheme operators.

The approved scheme operators are listed in Appendix U of the Immigration Rules as being:

  1. Concordia (UK) Ltd; and

  2. Pro-Force Limited

We checked out the websites of these operators to see if they had any information on who could apply under the scheme. The following was what we discovered.

According to the official website of Pro-Force:

“Pro-Force Limited will be conducting all our recruitment directly in Ukraine and Moldova. We do not work with third party companies. If you are asked to pay money to be part of this scheme by an individual or company, please do not make any payment. Pro-Force Limited will only contact you via our website or authorised social media pages and email accounts.”

According to the official website of Concordia (UK) Ltd:

“We are currently in discussions with agents in Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. If you are a citizen of one of these countries and would like the contact details of the relevant agent, please use our contact form. We are unable to guarantee to supply workers of any specific nationality.”

Our brief summary of the findings for all those interested in the scheme is that currently only nationals of Russia, Moldova and Ukraine are being recruited under scheme the operators. Presently, the operators are not recruiting from any other non-EEA country. If you are not a national of Russia, Moldova, or Ukraine, do not pay money to be part of the farm visa scheme to an agent or company without having first sought confirmation from the two operators that your country is listed on the farm visa country list.


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