Recruit A Poultry Worker Or HGV Food Driver With A Temporary Visa
21st October 2021
How to apply to the temporary visa scheme for poultry workers and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers to transport food.
Who can apply
As an employer, you can apply for workers with a temporary visa if you need:
heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers to transport food goods - large goods vehicle (occupation code 8211).
A poultry worker with an on-farm or off-farm poultry role includes a:
butcher (occupation code 5431)
bird or game dresser (occupation code 5433)
killer and plucker (occupation code 5433)
plucker (occupation code 5433)
poulterer (occupation code 5433)
poultry processor (occupation code 5433)
poultry sticker (occupation code 5433)
trusser (occupation code 5433)
food operative (occupation code 8111)
poultry catcher or handler (occupation code 9111)
poultry vaccinator (occupation code 9119)
poultry meat packer (occupation code 9134)
How to apply
To recruit temporary workers, you need to contact a scheme operator. The application process varies for each operator.
Ask them about their temporary visa scheme, how much the process costs and how to apply:
Temporary visas will be available for 5,500 poultry workers and 4,700 HGV food drivers.
All scheme operators will recruit poultry workers and HGV food drivers.
HGV food drivers allocated through the scheme must have an HGV licence recognised for use in the UK. The scheme applies to EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss licence holders only. They must hold a HGV (category C or C+E) licence.
Apply for poultry workers
You must apply for poultry workers under the temporary visa scheme by 15 November 2021.
All temporary visas for poultry workers will expire on 31 December 2021.
Apply for HGV food drivers
You must apply for HGV food drivers under the temporary visa scheme by 1 December 2021.
All temporary visas for HGV food drivers will expire on 28 February 2022.
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