Temporary work-seasonal worker visa :

The Temporary work-seasonal worker visa is for workers who have a job offer in the UK to do seasonal horticulture work with a help of a sponsor who is an approved scheme operator. A person can stay in the UK for a maximum period of six months over a period of 12 months.

The seasonal worker visa is not a way to get settled and applicants cannot be joined by their dependent partner or children.


Requirements :

  • You have to be 18 or older.
  • You should have a valid ‘Certificate of sponsorship’ from the employer who is an approved scheme operator with information about the role you have been offered.
  • You should have at least £1,270 in savings to sustain the next 28 days, or your employer has agreed to cover your first month’s expenses up to £1,270.
  • You need to pay the visa application fee and immigration health charges.

A sponsorship certificate (cos) is required:

In order to obtain a Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa, you must have the appropriate and valid Certificate of sponsorship for the role for which you are hired.

The record for your employment is recorded electronically.

Your Certificate of Sponsorship must have been issued by a specific employer who has been authorised by the Home Office.

You will need to add your certificate number to your visa application form.


The cost that is required for the registration and application for the government to give you an approval is £259.


What you are and are not permitted to do


Work in the job described in the certificate of sponsor and can study( for some courses you will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate).


You are unable to accept a permanent position and also a second job which is not described in the certificate of sponsorship.

You cannot bring a family member along.

Application process:

Applicants for Temporary work-seasonal worker visa must be from outside of the UK resident.

The earliest you can apply for Temporary work-seasonal worker visa is 3 months before you are due to start working.


You are expected to receive a decision on your Temporary work-seasonal worker visa Application within 3 weeks.

Duration of the work:

If your application for a Temporary work-seasonal worker visa gets approved in the horticulture sector, you will be allowed to stay and remain in UK for 6 months for a period of 12 months, and also an additional 14 plus days before or after the maximum period given on your certificate of sponsorship.

Refusal of application:

If your temporary work-seasonal worker visa gets refused for some odd reason, then you do not need to worry. You can make a fresh application or raise an Administrative review for your refused application.

Documents needed:

  • A certificate of sponsorship from the employer who is an approved scheme operator.
  • A valid passport
  • A bank statement showing you have enough savings to support yourself in the first month of its stay for the government to be sure of your necessary funds needed.