Low-skilled workers — Tier 3

Tier 3 visas are currently suspended because the UK government believes there are enough workers entering from the EU to do these types of jobs.

The Tier 3 visa was intended for low-skilled workers who wish to come to the UK to do low paid jobs like fruit-picking from a country which has a returns arrangement with the UK.

Since the UK government believes there are enough low-skilled workers already in the EU to do these jobs, the Tier 3 visa has been suspended indefinitely. The suspension of the Tier 3 visa will probably only be lifted in circumstances where the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) identifies a shortage which cannot be filled by the domestic workforce.

Even so, anyone applying for the Tier 3 visa will have to provide a certificate of sponsorship and can expect to stay no longer than 12 months before return is expected. The Tier 3 visa does not constitute an opportunity to apply for permanent residence; nor does it allow for spousal visas or switching.

If you would like to find out more, please visit 1stcontactvisas.com. Alternatively you could call 0808 141 5508 (UK), 0800 003 163 (SA) or 1800 039 300 (Australia) to speak to a friendly and qualified 1st Contact visa consultant.