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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