The UK Seasonal Worker visa is a temporary work visa that allows you to come to the UK to work in the agricultural or horticultural sectors on a seasonal basis.
The Seasonal Worker visa is not a route to permanent settlement in the UK, and individuals will need to leave the country at the end of their visa period. However, it may be possible to apply for another Seasonal Worker visa in the future.
If you need legal advice or help with your Seasonal Worker visa application, our experienced immigration lawyer can provide you with the help you need.
Table of Contents
- What is a Seasonal Worker visa?
- Requirements for Seasonal Worker visa
- Documents required for a Seasonal Worker visa
- Duration of stay
- Visa application processing time
- How can our immigration lawyer help you?
Requirements for Seasonal Worker visa
To be eligible for a UK Seasonal Worker visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- You must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
- You must be able to support yourself financially during your stay in the UK, without recourse to public funds.
- You must be 18 or over when you apply.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?
A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a document issued by a UK employer or sponsor to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) worker who is offered a job in the UK. It is a unique reference number that the worker needs in order to apply for a UK work visa.
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK. You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
What documents are required for a Seasonal Worker visa?
You must provide the following documents when you apply for a Seasonal Worker visa:
- Your valid passport or travel document to confirm your identity.
- Your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) reference number.
- Evidence that you have enough to support yourself during your stay in the UK such as bank statements.
This is a general list of documents. Depending on type of application and your personal circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents.
Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out the required list of documents in support of your application.
Duration of stay
This visa is designed to meet the temporary labour needs of these sectors, which often require additional workers during peak seasons. The visa is valid for up to six months and allows multiple entries into the UK.
Seasonal Worker visa processing time
Once you applied online, you will get a decision on your Seasonal Worker visa within 3 weeks. However, it may take longer depending on the complexity of the matter.
How can our immigration lawyer help you?
As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:
- assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
- advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
- assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
- advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
- complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
- submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
- prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
- upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
- dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
- do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.