Employing workers from outside the UK
UK immigration requirements mean that if you wish to employ workers from outside the UK in the seafood industry, either onshore or within 12 nautical miles of the shore, you will more than likely need to use a Skilled Worker Visa.
This visa allows for the employment of migrant workers for certain skilled
jobs in the UK. This includes experienced deckhands on fishing vessels, fish filleters, and seafood processing line operatives, as well as food manufacturing engineers, mechanics, or skippers.
We understand that many seafood businesses will be new to this system and may find it difficult to understand the process involved. We have created guidance in collaboration with immigration lawyer Darren Stevenson of Wiggin LLP.
Skilled Worker Visa guides
The guidance is specifically tailored to seafood businesses, whether you are a fishing vessel, aquaculture business or a processing company, regardless of where you are based across the UK.
There are five guides and collectively these will help you to navigate the process to become a sponsor under the Skilled Worker Visa, to employ non-UK workers, and to meet your obligations as a sponsor and as an employer.
The guides to support you with the Skilled Worker Visa application process and to become a sponsor are:
We recommend you take the time to read through each of these guides before starting the application process.
This material is provided for guidance purposes only and it does not constitute legal advice. If you are unsure about any aspect of your ability to operate as a sponsor, then you are encouraged to seek your own legal advice.
Enquiries on the Skilled Worker Visa guidance process
We hope the guides help you to navigate the process. However, we know it is complex and you may have a general question that our guides do not cover.
If you have any general queries about this guidance or the Skilled Worker Visa, please contact Seafish at SkilledWorkerVisa@seafish.co.uk.