Seasonal Worker Visa

A Seasonal Worker visa permits an individual to work in the UK in poultry farming or horticulture for a limited amount of time.

This visa replaces the Temporary Worker – Seasonal Worker (T5) visa.

Those looking to take up employment as a seasonal worker on a poultry farm are permitted to work between 18 October and 31 December in a given year. If granted, applicants are allowed to enter the UK 14 days before they are due to begin working. Applications for the poultry worker track must be submitted by 15 November each year at the latest.

Applicants for horticulture (e.g. flower growing, picking fruit or vegetables) can work in the UK in this industry for up to six months. There are no restrictions or cut-off dates for applications for the horticulture track.

In order to be eligible for a Temporary Worker Visa, applicants must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have a sponsorship certificate from a licenced sponsor
  • prove they have at least £1270 in their bank account to support themselves in the UK, or will have their first month’s costs covered by their sponsor

Seasonal Worker Visa cost and permissions

Once an application for a Seasonal Worker Visa has been submitted, a decision is usually received within three weeks. The application itself can be submitted up to three months before work in the UK is intended to begin.

The Home Office fee to apply for a Seasonal Worker Visa is £298.

Individuals holding a Seasonal Worker Visa are permitted to undertake the work for which they have been sponsored, as well as to study. They are not allowed to take on permanent or second jobs, access public funds such as housing benefits, or bring family members to the UK with them as dependants.

Neveen Galal

Neveen is a UK Immigration Solicitor with over 20 years experience in UK Immigration Law. She represents corporate and individual clients seeking assistance with any visa category to the UK. Neveen is a graduate of Westminster University, from which she was awarded the 2021 Westminster Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award.

Neveen’s rapid career trajectory saw her progress at pace from paralegal to Head of Department level, and then to earning a place on her firm’s Board of Directors by the age of 28. This achievement was recognised by Who’s Who placing her in their directory of ‘Britain’s Business Elite’ in 2008. Neveen then went on to establish her own boutique Immigration Law Firm in the City of London in 2015. She also co-founded the Hexagon Legal Network in 2017.

Neveen is passionate about all aspects of UK immigration law, and is committed to providing bespoke residence and citizenship solutions to citizens across the globe that wish to relocate to the UK. Neveen’s immigration advisory services are predominately geared towards highly skilled workers and companies wishing to have a UK presence, however she and her team of experienced immigration advisors can also assist with partner-based applications, student visas and all other personal and business immigration matters.

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