Consequential etc provision

Part of Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 26th February 2019.

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New clause 20—Seasonal agricultural work visas scheme for EEA and Swiss Nationals—

(1) The Secretary of State must introduce a sector-specific work visa to enable farmers to employ EEA and Swiss nationals to come and work in the United Kingdom for limited time periods.

(2) Any EEA and Swiss national is eligible to apply for a visa issued under this section if—

(a) they have secured a job offer in the United Kingdom; and

(b) they possess a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsorship licence.

(3) A work visa granted under this section remains valid for—

(a) the duration of time that the person it is granted to is employed in the United Kingdom; and

(b) for a period not exceeding six months continuous employment.

(4) No minimum income requirement shall be required for a visa issued under this section.

(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument make such further provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate to establish a farming sector-specific work visa under this section.

(6) Any statutory instrument issued under this section is not to be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House.