Changes To Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS)

From 1st January 2008, this scheme now only applies to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals. The scheme allows nationals of Bulgaria and Romania to take on seasonal employment on farms in the United Kingdom.

Under this Scheme, these nationals will not require a visa. But applicants will still need a SAWS work card issued by a Home Office licensed Operator, who manages the scheme. A list of Operators can be provided.

Other non EU workers who are already part of this Scheme and made their application in 2007 will be allowed to apply to extend their work placement up to a maximum of six months in 2008 and so will need to apply for a visa extension.

Further information about SAWS is available upon request.